Congressman Ron Paul Against UIGEA

Congressman Ron Paul
Congressman Ron Paul

There is one more opponent of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). According to, Presidential hopeful Ron Paul will be offering his support to Congressman Barney Frank's revised gambling bill, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act or IGREA.

The act would create an exemption to the ban on online gambling for licensed operators, allowing Americans to lawfully bet online.

Paul called UIGEA an, "Outrageous affront" to individual freedom. He went on to state the importance of respecting the American people's right to decide for themselves whether or not they gamble online.

Paul is a prominent Republican Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas, who is now serving his 10th term. He is a long-time libertarian and has voiced a strong opposition to the Iraq war. Following a recent debate in Iowa and more mainstream coverage Paul's popularity seems to be rising. recently slashed his odds of becoming president from 15 to 1 to 8 to 1. Many pundits have him pegged as the Internet's favorite candidate.

IGREA, also known as HR 2046, was introduced on April 26, 2007, by Frank, who is a member of the Democrat Party. Frank has since continued his battle against the Internet Gambling Ban while bolstering support for his revised bill.

"The existing legislation is an inappropriate interference on the personal freedom of Americans and should be undone," said Frank when he introduced the bill.

IGREA would establish a federal regulatory and enforcement framework to license companies to accept bets and wagers online from individuals in the U.S. To the extent permitted by individual states, Indian tribes and sports leagues.

Poker Players Alliance Chairman and former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato has also put himself firmly behind the bill.

"Congressman Frank's bill is a common sense approach to Internet gambling," he said when it was announced.

Support of IGREA seems to be growing. There are currently 34 co-sponsors with Neil Abercrombie (D-Hi.), Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) the most recent to sign onboard.

Aides to Frank's office have said they are receiving a massive amount of phone calls and e-mails from individuals voicing their support for the bill as well.

Frank and Co. have their work cut out for them, however, as it currently takes 218 votes to ratify a bill.

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