Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus is defending a federal ban on illegal internet gambling.
Bachus spoke during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on a proposal that would legalize Internet gambling by creating a system of government licensing and regulation.
The legislation would undermine major portions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which Bachus was instrumental in passing into law last October.
The law barred the use of credit cards for illegal Internet gambling and is credited with keeping minors and gambling addicts away from offshore casino sites that were criminally flouting U.S. anti-gambling laws.
Congressman Bachus, who is the Ranking Member on the committee, issued the following statement in support of the existing ban on illegal internet gambling: