Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts of the Obama Administration to reinterpret the Wire Act to allow for various forms of online gambling. Critics have pointed out that such sweeping and expansive changes should have been made through the legislature, and not through the Administration. Still yet, many still hold to the belief that such easy access to gambling puts American families at tremendous risk. One such individual is GOP Presidential Candidate Sen. Mark Rubio of Florida. He is the co-sponsor of the Resotation of America’s Wire Act bill to reestablish online gambling restrictions. The Hill explains:
The proposal would renew federal restrictions on online gambling. It would reinstate the original interpretation of the Wire Act, which was used to prosecute early Internet gambling such as online poker. The Justice Department changed its interpretation in 2011 to say the law should not be used to go after online gambling, except traditional sports betting.
“Now, because of this decision by the Obama Administration, virtually any cell phone or computer in South Carolina could become a video poker machine,” Graham said in a statement. “A major rewrite of a long-standing federal law like this should be made by the people’s elected representatives in Congress and signed into law by the president, not done administratively.”
“Expanded gambling presents many challenges, especially on the Internet where safeguards to protect people from fraud and addiction are harder to enforce,” Rubio said. “In 2011, the Obama-Holder Justice Department completely bypassed Congress and unilaterally decided to re-interpret the law to open the door to a widespread expansion of online gambling. Congress should restore existing prohibitions on Internet gambling before beginning a public debate about next steps.”
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