It is time for all Americans to stand up for their personal freedoms. It is time to tell the government that online poker is a game of skill and that by regulating, licensing, and taxing it, the revenue gained will help keep our taxes lower and keep our game play safe and secure. It is time to reach out and let the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction know that we are concerned and we want to help, but they must open their eyes and thoughts and listen.
This timely message was mailed to all members of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) with suggestions on contacting our representatives and getting our point across. Please join in the fight for our personal freedom - the right to play online poker and the right to live and work without increased taxation:
Today, the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction launched its website. This historic joint committee is asking the American public for its recommendations and suggestions on how to reduce our nation’s federal deficit.
As you may know, the committee is made up of 12 members of Congress — six members of the House Representatives and six Senators, with equal representation from Democrats and Republicans. They have been tasked with developing a bipartisan plan to reduce the federal debt that will be delivered to the full Congress and President Obama by Thanksgiving.
Please take a few moments to visit the Joint Select Committee’s website by clicking here or the button below (button removed). You can then send committee members a letter with your recommendations. Below is a sample letter that you can cut and paste into the message field. This is a great opportunity for the poker community to make a big difference in our government’s deficit reduction efforts.
Please don’t delay — take action now.
Proud to Play,
Senator Alfonse D’Amato
Dear Honorable Joint Select Committee Members,
Please support HR 2366 — raise revenue without raising taxes
As a voter and tax payer, I am writing to ask that you please consider H.R. 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011, during your deficit reduction discussions. This bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), will provide much needed federal and state revenue without raising taxes. It will also bring American companies into the Internet poker market, creating thousands of new jobs that we so desperately need. It will provide for strong consumer protections and age verification requirements as well.
Former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Ridge supports federal licensing of online poker because it addresses control and accountability of cash flows. Additionally, WiredSafety, the world's largest Internet safety group, concluded that "combining a thoughtful regulatory scheme with education, technology tools, and support appears to be the most effective means of handling the realities and risks" of online poker. This groundbreaking study can be found at www.theppa.org/harvardstudy. U.S.-based horse race wagering sites have proven that online betting sites can successfully implement these important protections. The game of poker deserves no less.
This bill does not authorize video poker or any other house-banked casino-style game. Rather, it provides for sensible regulation of the game of online poker — the electronic version of the game families across America play at the kitchen table — and is limited to this person-to-person game of skill.
Every federal dollar wasted on efforts to stop American adults from playing online poker is another dollar added to the federal deficit. Quite frankly, there's simply no reason for the deficit reduction super committee to ignore HR 2366.
Thank you for your consideration,
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