How Washington Dealt Parents a Bad Hand

Representative Jason Chaffetz
2014-08-14 22:23:05
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NEWSWEEK: HOW WASHINGTON DEALT PARENTS A BAD HAND

 

 

An important article will hit newsstands tomorrow. I wanted to make you aware of it in advance of its publication because there is so much at stake. Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman reports on the Obama Administration’s decision to reverse 50 years of legal precedent, which, in effect legalizes online gambling. Her account of how this was done and the impact it could have on children is sobering.

 

I have introduced bipartisan legislation to Restore America’s Wire Act, which will reverse the decision made by the Justice Department. I appreciate the support of Utah Senator Mike Lee and Rep. Jim Matheson, who are also co-sponsoring the legislation. Both the Senate and House versions of the bill have bipartisan support.

 

The Deseret News editorialized that the legalization of online gaming is “a poke in the eye to state’s rights” because states would no longer be able to prevent online gambling within their borders.

In a subsequent Deseret News editorial in May 2014, they wrote: “The bipartisan bills introduced by Chaffetz and by Graham and Feinstein draw an important line that would keep gambling from spreading to places where it is not welcome. We support this legislation.”

We have to act quickly because this may just be the beginning. If we don’t act fast to set boundaries, it will be too late to stop online gaming from being imposed by default on every state.

 

 

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