By a vote of 259 for and 159 against, the House failed to achieve the two-thirds majority it needed to pass a bill (HR 3146) permitting advertising by legal gambling operations other than state lotteries. While federal law permits government lotteries to advertise by mail and broadcast, it bans similar advertising of gambling that is privately conducted, such as by casinos and churches. The bill sought to eliminate that inconsistency.
The bill was debated under a shortcut parliamentary procedure that required more than a simple majority for passage.
Sponsor Barney Frank (D-Mass.) complained that "public gambling is given a 100% monopoly in advertising" via the airwaves and mail.
Opponent Frank Wolf (R-Va.), told colleagues that the bill would "allow the casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City to advertise on radio and television in your congressional districts, perhaps taking away tourism from your area."
Members voting yes supported the bill.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x
By a vote of 252 to 172, the House approved a fiscal 1989 defense budget of $299.5 billion. The bill (HR 4264) was headed for conference with the Senate version of the Pentagon budget for the year beginning in October.