RAWA Language Quietly Slipped into Senate Bill

us legalRAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, has been shuffling around the halls of Congress for more than two years, but the anti-online gambling and poker legislation has found little patronage or support during its loiter.

First introduced into the US Senate and House of Representatives by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in March of 2014, RAWA seeks to restore the Wire Act and effectively take away a state’s right to offer Internet gambling.

RAWA isn’t officially dead, but by all means it appears to be shelved in its original form. That’s why some were surprised to see language in a new Senate Appropriations Committee spending bill feature certain aspects of RAWA.

Late last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a massive 141-page $65 billion spending bill that provides funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Commerce (DOC), numerous science agencies, and several other related governmental departments.

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