The House Judiciary Committee will not hold a lame duck hearing for online gambling in general or The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) specifically, according to a source with knowledge of the Committee’s current plans.
The PPA’s John Pappas confirmed via Twitter:
Inside info, planned Internet #poker hearing in House Judiciary cmte has been pulled. Need to remain vigilant for other lame duck actions JP
— Poker Alliance (@ppapoker) November 17, 2014
Speculation had been that the House would hold an online gambling hearing during the lame duck session as a nod to the agenda of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who backs a ban on regulated poker, casino and several other types of online wagering.
A report in GamblingCompliance further suggested that a House hearing could provide political cover for an attempt to pass RAWA during the lame duck.
While the scuttling of plans to hold a public hearing for RAWA certainly closes some avenues for the bill’s progress, it’s short of a death knell for RAWA in the lame duck.
RAWA could still be attached to some larger, must-pass piece of legislation.
But with an omnibus spending bill looking like a poor vehicle in the light of an impending showdown over immigration and the recent public pushback against RAWA from Ron Paul and other voices in the libertarian wing of the GOP, lame-duck passage of RAWA is looking like a tougher and tougher bet by the day.