• Barney Frank adds another Co-Sponsor

    18 November 2007

    Barney Frank adds another Co-Sponsor

    The Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA), being initiated by Representative Barney Frank has added another co-sponsor bring the total now up to 41.

    This legislation seeks to undo the current UIGEA that is under fire from both within the United States with the iMEGA ruling still pending in a New Jersey Court room and from outside the U.S. with the current cost estimate of $100 billion in possible trade sanctions that are being levied in the WTO court.

    This week saw Representative Earl Blumenauer from Oregon sign on as a new co-sponsor of the IGREA legislation. It is uncertain if the recent House Judiciary Committee hearings had any influence on swaying Mr. Blumenauer position. Rep. Blumenauer served his first term in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1972 and in 1996, was elected into the U.S. House of Representatives.

    In October 2006, Rep. Blumenauer voted in favor of the current Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act legislation and it appears now has switched that opinion away from prohibition and towards regulating the industry.

    All the co-sponsors of Rep. Franks IGREA are:

    • Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
    • Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)
    • Joe Baca (D-Calif.)
    • Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)
    • Howard Berman (D-Calif.)
    • Michael Capuano (D-Mass.)
    • Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.)
    • Julia Carson (D-Ind.)
    • William lacy Clay (D-Mo.)
    • Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
    • Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.)
    • William Delahunt (D-Mass.)
    • Bob Filner (D-Calif.)
    • Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.)
    • Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
    • Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
    • Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.)
    • Michael Honda (D-Calif.)
    • Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
    • Peter King (R-N.Y.)
    • Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.)
    • Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)
    • James McGovern (D-Mass.)
    • Charlie Melancon (D-La.)
    • James Moran (D-Va.)
    • Ron Paul (R-Texas)
    • Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.)
    • Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas)
    • Steven Rothman (D-N.J.)
    • Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)
    • Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
    • Robert Scott (D-Va.)
    • Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
    • Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.)
    • Melvin Watt (D-N.C.)
    • Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)
    • Robert Wexler (D-Fla.)
    • Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.)
    • Albert Wynn (D-Md.)
    • Don Young (R-Alaska)

    If your Representative is not on the list, take the time to find out why. Contact them at http://www.house.gov/  Take the time to be heard.

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