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Lawmakers press USTR for new tack in gambling case

19 Nov 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As reported by Reuters: "The Bush administration should explore legislation to roll back a U.S. ban on Internet gambling instead of paying compensation to the European Union and other trading partners, the chairmen of two House of Representatives committees said on Monday.

"House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and six other lawmakers criticized the Bush administration's handling of the issue in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.

"...Rather than comply with a negative WTO ruling in a case filed by the Caribbean nation Antigua and Barbuda, the United States announced earlier this year it was 'clarifying' it never intended to allow foreign firms to offer Internet gambling services as part of the 1994 Uruguay Round trade pact.

"That opened the door for other trading partners to demand compensation for the United States' decision to retroactively exclude Internet gambling from its commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services, or GATS..."

 
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