Lindsey Graham Called Out By PPA after Introducing RAWA Legislation in the US Senate

USA FlagThis past Wednesday after congress had adjourned, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina decided to introduce the Restoration of America’s Wire Act. Introduced into the US Senate, the legislation would ban all forms of online gambling within the United States.

Congress had decided to adjourn early this week to be able to travel to South Carolina to attend services for the recent tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston. Graham, the senator of South Carolina, I repeat the Senator of South Carolina, decided to remain and introduce the legislation.

After the legislation was introduced, the Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas, had this to say: “Congress made the decision to adjourn early so they could attend services on Friday in Senator Graham’s home state. Unfortunately, Senator Graham has not reset his priorities and picked a very unfortunate time to engage in the internet gaming debate.

Pappas further stated that the eyes of the nation are focused on South Carolina after the tragic shooting and felt disappointed in the fact that Senator Graham had chosen this time to advance a bill ‘for the sole benefit of a billionaire political donor’. Pappas is of course referring to Sheldon Adelson the Las Vegas Sands CEO who has been pushing for the legislation to move forward.

Many feel as though Graham is doing the bidding of Adelson in the hopes he will earn campaign contributions as he is running for President of the United States. In the press release by the PPA, Pappas further stated:

“From bad timing to bad policy, it is clear Senator Graham’s priorities are misplaced. Instead of banning consumer access to Internet poker, Congress should corral the unregulated marketplace and implement a system which protects consumers and empowers the government to hold fraudulent operators accountable.”

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