Online gambling ban bill may not see Senate vote this year

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is still trying to bring the online gambling ban bill up for a vote in the Senate, but his aides told media on Tuesday that there's no guarantee a deal could be struck to get the bill on the floor before the Senate recesses for the year in October.

The Senate reconvened this week after a month-long break, and Frist would like to bring up H.R. 4411, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, under unanimous consent, which would mean having leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties to agree to a vote on the bill on the Senate floor. So far, no movement has been seen on the bill though.

The holdup seems to be coming from some Republican senators who put a hold on the bill. Any senator can place a secret "hold" on a bill preventing it from going to a vote until their concerns about the bill are resolved. Frist's aides said there may be Democrats joining in on the hold also depending on how talks progress.

Congress is scheduled to adjourn for the year on Oct. 6, giving supporters of the bill in the Senate a month to smooth out differences and bring the bill up for a vote. If the bill is altered from the one passed by the House of Representatives in July, it will have to go back to the House for their approval before moving on to the president to be signed into law.

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