Lame Duck Teeters
on Fiscal Cliff
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) supports legislation to ban the online sale of instant-win lottery tickets.
On November 13, Congress returned to Washington to address issues that had been put on hold until after
the election. Among those legislators
returning are more than 90 member
of Congress who either retired or were
defeated in the recent election.
The subject most on the minds of
legislators: the pending fiscal cliff.
Many economists predict that if Con-
gress doesn’t reach agreement on how
to handle the pending expiration of tax
cuts or address the funding crisis, an au-
tomatic trillion-dollar across the board
cut would be triggered — most of which
would hit the defense department. The
results would be the rapid decline into
a deep recession that would rival that
of even Greece.
According to some estimates, 90% of
American businesses, including many
convenience stores, would fall into
Meanwhile, we are pushing Congress to move legislation by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Jon Kyl
(R-AZ) that would limit Internet
gambling. More importantly, the legislation would ban the online sale of
instant-win lottery tickets.
Several years ago, Congress took
steps to limit the abuses of Internet
gambling and to protect Americans,
including children, from a rapid explosion of gambling on the Internet.
In late December 2011, however, the
Department of Justice revealed that
it had changed one of its longest held
positions on Internet gambling, stating
that the federal Wire Act of 1961 only
applies to sports betting. The change
marked a huge shift for the Justice
Department, which had long relied on
the law when asserting that all forms
of Internet gambling, especially online
poker, were illegal.
A call to action was issued through
the NACS and Georgia Association of
Convenience Stores grassroots websites asking retailers to contact their
senators and representatives and urge
prompt action on this legislation during
the lame duck session. By November 19,
more than 1,300 letters were sent to
legislators. Keep an eye on the NACS
Daily e-newsletter for updates on this
important issue. Visit nacsonline.com/
grassroots to take action today.