Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks the chances for a federal online poker bill in 2013 are close to nil.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Reid put it plainly: “I don’t see anything happening.”
Reid said he’s continuing to make a push for poker, but isn’t “confident we can get something done.”
The Senator also had some less-than-kind words for Rep. Peter King’s recently introduced bill to regulate online gambling, arguing that the approach of legalizing nearly all gambling online will only fortify opponents against any attempt to regulate online gambling, even in limited form.
Reid, along with former Senator John Kyl, unsuccessfully attempted to secure passage for a poker-only bill in last year’s session.
The comments from Reid come on the heels of some unusually pointed statements from his office regarding that failed legislative attempt:
Fuller Q: "If Mr. Fahrenkopf had spent less time dealing with prez debates, more time doing his job, we could have passed (#webpoker) bill."
— Steve Tetreault (@STetreaultDC) June 6, 2013
More on the war of words between Reid and the AGA here.