Three more support IGREA

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Three more congressmen are on board as co-sponsors for Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act.

Representatives Robert Andrews (D-N.J.), Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and John Larson (D-Conn.) all signed on to the bill on Tuesday, showing their support for legalizing and regulating online gambling in the United States.

Frank's bill would overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which was passed into law in late 2006 and restricts American residents from online gambling by not allowing financial institutions to make transactions with online gambling sites.

Andrews was one of the 93 representatives who voted against the UIGEA when it passed through the House last year. He is a 10-term congressman who is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

Smith and Larson are both new converts to the idea of allowing online gambling in the United States. They both voted for the UIGEA in 2006, helping the bill to pass through the House with a vote of 317 to 93.

Smith is the chairman of the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has been in Congress since 1996.

Larson is in his fifth term in the House and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. That committee has jurisdiction over the U.S. tax code, trade policy, Social Security and Medicare. He also serves on the subcommittees on Trade and Select Revenue Measures.

They join the following 41 House members as co-sponsors of the bill:

  • Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
  • Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)
  • Joe Baca (D-Calif.)
  • Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)
  • Howard Berman (D-Calif.)
  • Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
  • 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.)
  • James Moran (D-Va.)
  • 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.

Other legislation in the works dealing with online gambling includes a bill from Robert Wexler that seeks to exclude poker from the current laws because it's a game of skill. Shelley Berkley also proposed a bill that will have a survey done about online gambling to determine what course of action on the issue is best for the nation.

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