Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is reviving his attempts to ban online poker across the United States. He wants to use the confirmation hearing of future attorney general William Barr to rail against poker and other forms of internet gambling.
According to Gambling Compliance, Graham will likely be the next Senate Judiciary Committee chairman. He can therefore use this platform to get Barr to hear his thoughts on online poker.
“This will be one of the first things I will talk to Mr. Barr about,” says Graham.
Graham Wants an Update on the 1961 Wire Act
Lindsey Graham was infamously part of casino owner Sheldon Adelson’s attempt to take down online gambling. Adelson funded an effort to pass the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), which sought to ban internet gaming on a federal level.
Graham, who’s received significant contributions from Adelson over the years, played a key role in trying to get RAWA passed.
The South Carolina politician has continued his efforts under the Donald Trump regime by working on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The latter lent Graham an ear but ultimately did little to reverse the Department of Justice’s 2011 opinion on the Wire Act. The DoJ believes that this 1961 law only applies to sports betting.
Another Futile Effort?
Graham is currently the most-powerful politician standing who could get the law passed. However, it seems unlikely that he’ll have any better chance convincing Barr to join his futile quest.
Sessions was about as anti-gambling as a politician can get. But even he failed to act on helping RAWA pass.
The federal government as a whole is giving little credence to online gambling right now. They’ve instead left the matter up to the states.
With several states already featuring online poker, it’s unlikely that Congress wants to step in and ban the activity any time soon.