WASHINGTON — Legislation to ban credit card use and fund transfers for Internet gambling will finally become law.

The House approved language added to the conference report for the SAFE Port Act (H.R. 4954) similar to the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act (H.R. 4411). The port bill passed the House 409-2, the final step before the president's signature.

"This year Americans are projected to send more than $6 billion to unregulated, offshore online casinos, half the $12 billion that will be bet worldwide on the Internet. FBI and Justice Department experts have warned that Internet gambling sites are vulnerable to be used for money laundering, drug trafficking and even terrorist financing," former House Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach (R-Iowa), who sponsored the bill, said.

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