IGREA now has 40 co-sponsors

It appears that the Poker Players Alliance conference in Washington D.C. this week has converted at least one more Representative to help co-sponsor the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act. James Moran (D-Va.) signed on as a co-sponsor Thursday.

In the past, Moran's voting record shows he hasn't been a friend to online gambling. In 2003 he voted yes to pass a ban on Internet gambling using a credit card, and last year he was one of the yes votes that helped pass the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the House.

He seems to be softening, and even coming around to the opposite view of the issue now. In July he became a co-sponsor of Rep. Robert Wexler's Skill Game Protection Act that would exempt the game of poker from an online gambling ban.

This is Moran's ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he is a member of the Appropriations Committee where he serves on the Defense Subcommittee and the Interior Subcommittee. He brings the total cosponsors for Barney Frank's IGREA up to 40.

The other co-sponsors are:

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

If you don't see your own representative on the list, there are ways to contact your congressman or congresswoman and let them know your thoughts on legalizing online gambling. The Poker Players Alliance offers several ways to contact your representative at its Web site.

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