IGREA gains another ally

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Rep. Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act gained another co-sponsor this week with the addition of Rep. Ellen Tauscher.

Tauscher is a Democrat from California who is in her sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

As a co-sponsor for IGREA, Tauscher continues her opposition to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was passed into law in 2006. She voted against the bill when it was passed in the House.

Tauscher's co-sponsorship brings the list up to 45. The 44 other co-sponsors for the bill are:

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

Poker players who would like their members of congress to support the IGREA should contact them to express their opinions on the matter. The Poker Players Alliance offers several ways to contact your representative at its Web site.

Rep. Robert Wexler has also introduced a bill in the House that seeks to exclude poker from the current laws because it's a game of skill. Rep. Shelley Berkley, for her part, has proposed a bill that calls for a study of online gambling to determine what course of action on the issue is best for the nation.

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