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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