| Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. has met twice with Attorney General John Ashcroft in Nevada to discuss Goodlatte’s Internet gambling ban. Although Goodlatte described the talks as encouraging, he would not be drawn on whether or not he had the Attorney General’s support for the bill.|
Ashcroft has caused some concern amongst the gambling fraternity, having once described legalized gambling as a ‘cancer’, during his time as a senator in Missouri.
Goodlatte declared on Thursday that his long-delayed bill to ban online gambling would be unveiled next month, despite the fact that the bill, which restricts the use of credit cards for gambling transactions online, has only drawn one co-sponsor.
“I’m going to push very hard to get it passed this year, said Goodlatte. “But obviously, it’s going to depend on time.”
Unfortunately for Goodlatte, when lawmakers return from the August recess they may not be so interested in gambling legislation. After Labor Day Congress is likely to be more concerned with passing all 13 appropriations bills to make up the federal budget for next year.