Two days prior to the expected release of sanctions that will be decided by an arbitration committee of the WTO regarding the claim of Antigua & Barbuda in the case of cross-border trade in services for recreational gambling against the U.S., Rep. Ellen O. Taucher [CA-10], signed on to Rep. Barney Frank’s IGREA (H.R.2046) to become the 45th representative to do so.
Congresswoman Taucher is currently serving her 6th term as a representative from California’s 10th district. She is the Chairman of the House New Democrat Coalition, the largest centrist caucus in the House of Representatives. This committee is charged with enacting policies that maintain U.S. competitiveness, meet the challenges of globalization, and strengthen national security.
Rep. Taucher is also a member of the Aviation sub-committee, the powerful Highways, Transit and Pipelines subcommittee, she is chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and is only the third woman to chair an Armed Services Subcommittee, and a member of the Water Resources and Environment subcommittee. Taucher also serves on the subcommittees of Air and Land Forces, and Oversight and Investigations.
“We commend Rep. Taucher for her leadership and insight on this critical issue,” said Gordon Price, CEO of Casinogamblingweb.com. “We urge Congresswoman Taucher to continue to lead this great country and encourage her to speak to other representatives in Congress regarding this important issue.”
Although it may not be made public for a few days, Friday, Dec. 14 is the day affected parties are to find out what decision the WTO has made in the case of cross-border trade in services claims of Antigua & Barbuda against the U.S. This is the compensation phase of the suit regarding Internet gambling and Antigua is seeking $3.44 billion in sanctions, which most likely will come in the form of suspending Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents that are registered in the U.S.
If this is the decision of the WTO, Americans can soon look forward to buying Software, Music, Movies and a host of other products that will be manufactured in Antigua and sold worldwide at deeply discounted prices. The major price drop will be due to the fact that Antigua will not have to pay royalties or licensing fess to those companies that it will affect.
None of these actions would be necessary if the U.S. honored their prior commitments to the world regarding trade.
Please take a moment to call or write to Cong. Tauscher and thank her for her support of the IGREA at: