Internet News reports:
With little more than 20 working days left before the November mid-term elections, the Senate faces a crowded agenda including 13 different funding bills to keep the government functioning when its new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1…
In its first session Tuesday since the August recess, Frist prioritized the appropriation bills, judicial nominee confirmations and halting Internet gambling as his top issues.
“Internet gambling threatens our families by bringing addictive behavior right into our living rooms,” Frist said in floor remarks.
Except for internet gambling on horse races and state lotteries, of course, despite the fact that easy access to lotteries is considered one of the most common gambling addictions. The House already passed this ridiculous bill. The good news is that in the earlier session, they couldn’t get a vote to bring it to the floor in the Senate. But that’s not stopping them now:
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (H.R. 4411) specifically exempts online horse racing and state lotteries from the legislation.
“We tried to get it done [Senate passage of the bill] before the recess but were unable to get unanimous consent to bring the bill up,” Karen Weyforth, a spokesperson for Frist’s office, told internetnews.com.
To make room on the jammed Senate calendar, Weyforth said Frist hopes to bring up the bill for a vote “with very little debate” by limiting the time available for floor discussion of the legislation.
Great idea. Let’s take away people’s rights and extend governmental authority, and let’s not even debate it, just slide it in under the door.