SPRINGFIELD, Virginia- Today, Campaign for Liberty issued the following statement from C4L President John Tate strongly opposing the reintroduction of the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” (RAWA) by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). This legislation would institute a federal ban on online gambling and trample on the United States Constitution, which leaves the states with the authority to regulate matters not specifically given to the federal government.
The RAWA also threatens every American by handing the federal government another reason to spy on our online activities to ensure we are not gambling online.
Similar legislation was also introduced in the 113th Congress but received little support from Members of Congress and the American people.
The RAWA however, does have the support of one Las Vegas billionaire, who would stand to benefit financially from a federal ban limiting competition in the gambling industry.
“Some in the GOP must think the American people are stupid. After successfully selling the American people on taking the United States in a new direction, members of the GOP think one of its first legislative priorities should be to limit economic freedom, impose top-down federal regulations, and expand the surveillance state,” said C4L President John Tate.
“This is not just an issue that should concern those who like to gamble, but all Americans who value state sovereignty, free markets, and a free and open Internet.
“I urge Campaign for Liberty members and all Americans who value Internet freedom and free markets, even if they don’t gamble, to contact their legislators and tell them to oppose the ‘Restoration of America’s Wire Act.’”
About The Restoration of America’s Wire Act:
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (S. 2159) in the United States Senate on March 26, 2014. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced identical legislation (H.R. 4301) in the House of Representatives on April 16, 2014. At the end of the 113th Congress, the legislation had 4 and 19 cosponsors, respectively.
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