US Representatives move to defund Wire Act enforcement
An amendment to a federal bill that determines funding granted to the Department of Justice seeks to block the money from being used to enforce its revised stance on the 1961 Wire Act.
HR3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020, sets out federal funding for a variety of government departments and initiatives.
Among the departments which will have its funding for 2020 established by the bill is the Department of Justice.
However, should the amendment be accepted, the Department will not be able to use the money to enforce the Office of Legal Counsel’s stance that the Wire Act applies to all forms of gambling, and not just sports betting.