What a way to start the second half of the year! We have some good news, courtesy of more lawmakers taking the side of Barney Frank, who has been working on bringing American gamblers a bit more freedom with regard to Internet gambling. Who can forget the crushing blow that former US President George W. Bush dealt to proponents of online gambling? Definitely not us. Not Barney Frank and his supporters.
Last week was a good week for Mr. Frank, as three more representatives formally showed their support for his bill. On Friday, Rep. Betsy Markey from Colorado, Rep. Russ Carnahan, from Missouri, and Rep. Bill Pascrell from New Jersey joined Barney Frank’s “wagon” when they signed up as co-sponsors for the recently proposed gambling bill.
For so many years, Barney Frank has been vocal in his opinion that online gambling should be allowed within the shores of the United States. Even at the height of Bush’s aggressive campaign against online gambling, Frank was unequivocal in his stand. Naturally, gambling advocates gave their all out support for the Congressman. And just as naturally, not everyone in Congress thought the same way. Recent developments show, however, that some – and a good number of them, I must add – have been swayed for one reason or another. I’d like to think that it is common sense that has convinced them that the anti-online gambling act laid down by Bush simply cannot continue.
While nothing is set in stone yet, these developments should give us heart. Online gambling is in the horizon, I think.