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Heller and Reid Fight Over Online Gambling Bill

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Political Showdown in Nevada!

Even the politicians are starting to battle over the proposed Federal online gaming bill that is trying to makes its way to Capitol Hill.  According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, there’s a rift brewing between Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid.

The fight is now over how to present the bill and the best course of action to take for legalized online poker on a Federal level. In fact, the proposed legislation is close to passing in the Senate as it’s just short of 15 votes for a majority, but the two Senators will first have to work out their differences.

Senator Reid knows time is of the essence on getting this passed, revealing his frustration with Heller.  And Heller knows that they must move fast and was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun as saying, “With over a dozen states already taking steps to legalize and expand Internet gambling, I recognize that we must act quickly.”

Sounds like the main issue is that Reid is pressuring Heller to come up with more GOP votes needed to pass the online poker legislation, as they need 60. Reid is also questioning Heller’s leadership skills needed to get this done.