Representative Revive Congressional Gaming Caucus
Representatives Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and Joe Heck, a Republican from Nevada, are reviving the Congressional Gaming Caucus in order to promote the online gambling industry’s benefits.
The lawmakers are claiming that the industry creates thousands of jobs and spends millions of dollars on local communities.
Thompson said, “If we truly want to promote economic development and jobs, we must begin to work with businesses that exist in the communities we serve — like the commercial gaming industry.”
The two representatives are planning a meeting in the upcoming weeks to “drum up more interest in membership”.
Greg Lemon, Heck’s spokesman said “We’re still in the recruiting phase and working on finding interested members.”
Last month Thompson and Heck sent a letter to colleagues urging them to join the caucus, they pointed out that the industry created 820,000 jobs in 212 congressional districts in 2010.
Heck says that it’s important to keep gambling at the “forefront of the congressional conversation to advance responsible federal policies that will allow the gaming industry to continue to thrive as the national job-creating engine it is.”