Even though the US Congress is in a lame duck session until next year, some are speculating that Senator Tom Cotton will attempt to pass an online gambling ban in a spending bill.
Cotton had previously introduced Senate Bill 3376 earlier this year, which would have banned online gambling by mirroring the House's Restoration of America's Wire Act, which would have amended the Wire Act of 1961 by stating that the law applies to online betting. Cotton is aligned with Senators Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee, both of whom have worked with gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson donating heavily to attempt to ban the activity.
It is possible for lawmakers to sneak in pieces of legislation into budget bills and other bills by calling them riders. If the bill is snuck in, it could have serious implications for states like New Jersey, whose online betting industry has already brought in more than $160 million for struggling land casinos in Atlantic City.
Casino Listings will update this story as the drama unfolds.
It's an incredible willing for work by this guys which are in a lame duck session already but obviously some of them couldn't sleep well if there's an online gambling in the States. Will see...