Virginia Congressmen Implore House to Resist Repeal of UIGEA

Letter sent to Members to rally more UIGEA support

by , Apr 26, 2010 | 4:44 pm

The PPA isn’t giving up on moving Barney Frank and Jim Goodlatte’s online gambling bills through Congress before (or after) the June 1 UIGEA deadline. In response to their efforts — and perhaps testament to their progress — one of the original UIGEAers Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has joined forces with his colleague Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) in a letter encouraging all congresspeople to resist any sensible appeal to legalize internet gambling.

They seem to be playing fierce and maybe even a touch dirty. The bipartisan nature of the letter is sure to catch some undecided Congressional eyes — and in it they drop a story about a college student committing suicide after going uber-deep into online gambling debt.

Click here to read the letter circulating in Washington DC.

3 Comments to “Virginia Congressmen Implore House to Resist Repeal of UIGEA ”

  1. Mean Gene

    Goodlatte and Boucher both voted against health care reform, which will save the lives of tens of thousands of Americans who would’ve died without it. And so it’s odd to see them suddenly so very, very concerned about the welfare of Americans when it comes to online gaming. I guess they follow the old maxim, “One death is a tragedy; 45,000 deaths is a statistic”. I’m paraphrasing but I think that when you’re quoting Josef Stalin it’s OK to take some license.

  2. DanM

    Gene, I hear what you’re saying, but I’d be careful using health care reform as your litmus test for hypocrisy. too volatile and too easy to make decent arguments on both sides.

    i always like to use the “bucket test”. did you know six people a year die from the common bucket? where’s the outrage! ban buckets now!

  3. Cameron

    Goodlatte and Boucher have said in their joint letter that 63% of Americans are against gambling. Now, my question is: From where did they get this statistics? They haven’t named the source. If that is so, then what is the sample area of the survey and who are interrogated in this survey? I doubt the very Survey itself. My experience as a netizen and as a law abiding Citizen doesn’t conform with the survey.