House Committee Debates Taxing Online Gambling

A key supporter of a law banning Internet gambling found himself trying to defend the measure against those who questioned why the federal government shouldn't benefit by taxing an activity that many Americans are engaging in despite the prohibition, CongressDaily reported. During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the issue, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who helped author the 2006 law set to go in effect in June, defended the measure that bans Internet gambling and requires credit card firms to block payments to offshore gambling operators.