Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Political Games in the US Continue

It seems Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona has blocked the appointment of four treasury positions because he is angry with the Obama administration for the pause on the rule implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The rules were originally to be put into place on Jan. 1, 2010 but have been delayed until June 1, 2010.

The regulations were written in late 2008, in the last months of the Bush administration, following the passage in 2006 of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a bill that strengthened anti-gambling laws. After Barack Obama bec­ame president, the Treas­ury delayed rules intended to implement the anti-gaming statute at the request of Barney Frank, a Democratic congressman who opposed the regulations, and the banking industry.

The treasury is considered dangerously understaffed with the block of positions. "It is hard to imagine that it does not have a deleterious effect," said Bush-era Treasury staffer Clay Lowery of Kyl's political maneuvering. The White House claims the matters of national security are being handled, though stated that a full complement of leadership positions is important to the Department's proper workings.

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