|House Speaker Dennis Hastert has listed the prohibition of Internet gambling in his American Values Agenda.|
As Hastert tries to enforce his beliefs, Congress is now trying to outlaw internet gambling, but they face stiff opposition by the Libertarian party.
The House of Representatives already passed H.R. 4411, The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. This attempt to cut off internet gambling by the House, bans financial payments to offshore casinos.
Should the Senate pass the same general version of the bill, it would force U.S. financial institutions to cut off payments to the thousands of popular online gambling institutions legally located outside of U.S. boundaries.
'States have always had the right to approve and regulate gambling within their borders,' according to the bill's sponsor Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 'This bill makes Internet gambling illegal except where regulated by the states.'
This bill is being strongly opposed by the Libertarian Party which has a 35 year commitment to keeping government out of people's wallets as well as their bedrooms.
'It's clear that Hastert and Goodlatte are trying to force their moral views on the entire country. Hastert's already added a gay marriage ban to his agenda,' said Stephen Gordon, the Libertarian Party's communications director. 'Hopefully, they don't plan to impose blue laws or prohibit alcohol, pre-marital sex and dancing, too.'