McDermott Hearing Offers Little Hope of Swift Action

In the first Internet gambling hearing this year in Congress, members of the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday offered little hope that a vote to regulate and tax online wagering will occur anytime soon. “I think this was an interesting and enjoyable dog and pony show, but I don’t think it moved us any further,” Rep. Shelley Berkley, a Democrat from Las Vegas, said after the hearing.

Berkley said the Internet gambling debate in Congress will remain stalled until the House Financial Services Committee passes a bill by its chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006.

Frank testified briefly at Wednesday’s hearing by the Ways and Means Committee and left without taking questions.

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