Congressman Frank Appeals For People Power
By staff
To coincide with hearings taking place this week on his bill that would establish a scheme to legalize, license and regulate Internet gambling operations, Representative Barney Frank has been on the interview circuit and has asked for Americans to contact their local representatives with their support for his measures.

'Call your Representative and your Senators and tell them to get out of your life,” said the Massachusetts Democrat.

Frank said that his bill, officially known as The Internet Gambling Regulatory and Enforcement Act of 2007, would essentially repeal the Internet gambling ban passed late last year in the United States, by way of regulation, and could be successful if it received help from the American people.

'It really depends on the citizens,” said Frank. “As the average American understands what's happened, my colleagues are going to be told, 'listen you made a mistake and you butt out of my business' and at that point I think we may be able to change it.'

Opponents of the bill say that its language would create a new Government agency but Frank disagrees and stated that the existing Financial Crimes Enforcement Network would be responsible for preventing money laundering.

He also stated that he doubted the real reasons for passage of the original measures but that his bill only dealt with what was stated as the official reasons for the ban.

'They were worried about gambling through the Internet as a cover for drug running and money laundering and I can't ignore those things because some people are going to pay attention. I don't think those are the real reasons but they were in there so we had to face them.'

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