September 14, 2011
It will take you less than thirty seconds! Thank you for participating. Let's reach out to deficit super committee today. They just started a website seeking input, so let's provide plenty! PPA sent out a member-wide alert on this, so we know there will be a lot of participation.
1. Go to the committee contact page HERE.
2. Fill in your name and address (AutoFill will make quick work of that), cut-and-paste the text below and submit. Feel free to edit or write your own, of course.
3, Send a prefilled tweet promoting today's action plan HERE.
Please reply in this thread with sent, done, etc. to encourage others to participate as well. The past 21 actions have generated triple-digit participation, so let's keep it growing. Thanks!
Sample text for the letter to send to the super committee:
Dear Honorable Joint Select Committee Members,
Please support HR 2366 -- raise revenue without raising taxes.
As a voter and tax payer, I am writing to ask that you please consider H.R. 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011, during your deficit reduction discussions. This bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), will provide much needed federal and state revenue without raising taxes. It will also bring American companies into the Internet poker market, creating thousands of new jobs that we so desperately need. It will provide for strong consumer protections and age verification requirements as well.
Former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Ridge supports federal licensing of online poker because it addresses control and accountability of cash flows. Additionally, WiredSafety, the world's largest Internet safety group, concluded that "combining a thoughtful regulatory scheme with education, technology tools, and support appears to be the most effective means of handling the realities and risks" of online poker. This groundbreaking study can be found at www.theppa.org/harvardstudy. U.S.-based horse race wagering sites have proven that online betting sites can successfully implement these important protections. The game of poker deserves no less.
This bill does not authorize video poker or any other house-banked casino-style game. Rather, it provides for sensible regulation of the game of online poker -- the electronic version of the game families across America play at the kitchen table -- and is limited to this person-to-person game of skill.
Every federal dollar wasted on efforts to stop American adults from playing online poker is another dollar added to the federal deficit. Quite frankly, there's simply no reason for the deficit reduction super committee to ignore HR 2366.
Thank you for your consideration,
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If you wish to do even more, let's continue to reach out to the deficit super committee. Here's the list, updated on 9/12:
Co-Chair -- Jeb Hensarling: Facebook Facebook Facebook post on which we can comment Contact
Dave Camp: Facebook Facebook Contact
Fred Upton: Facebook Facebook Contact
Rob Portman: Facebook Facebook post on which we can comment Contact (site set to censor the word poker)
Jon Kyl: Facebook Facebook post on which we can comment (actively deletes pro-poker posts) Contact
Patrick Toomey: Facebook Facebook (second site was actively deleting pro-poker posts, but now appears to be allowing them to stay) Contact
James Clyburn: Facebook Facebook post on which we can comment (first site set to censor the word poker) Facebook (second site permits direct posting) Contact
Xavier Becerra: Facebook Facebook post on which we can comment Contact
Chris Van Hollen: Facebook Contact
Co-Chair -- Patty Murray: Facebook Facebook post on which we can comment Contact
MaBaucus: Facebook Facebook post on which we can comment Contact (it's not Rep. Spencer Bachus, so please don't blast him!) (site set to censor the word poker)
John Kerry: Facebook Facebook Contact