|The bill passed by the House on Tuesday, aimed at banning Internet gambling, is not likely to receive Senate approval this year. And if it does not, the whole process will have to begin again next year.|
The Senate is swamped with last-minute business, including an Iraq resolution, the Homeland Security Department and budget bills, making it tough to squeeze in other legislation, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., said.
'I don't see it having a chance this year,' said Ensign, who generally supports an Internet gambling ban.
Lawmakers would have to start over next year if the legislation does not pass both chambers of Congress.
'There is significant interest in the Senate, and there is a vehicle for it there, but this place (Congress) is in such a disarray, I don't know how much time we'll have to make it work,' Leach spokesman Bill Tate said.
Lawmakers have made several attempts to pass some sort of Internet gambling ban over the last three years.