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Senate OKs Internet sales taxes, bill goes to House

Internet taxes? Not so fast.
A bill that would let states collect Internet sales taxes from online retailers and their customers may have sailed through the Senate, but it is expected to face much more resistance from tax-wary Republicans in the House.

Though the Marketplace Fairness Act, sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican, is a bipartisan bill that is backed by more than 20 House Republicans, supporters and opponents both agree it will be a “harder fight” in the House with billions of dollars in future e-commerce at stake.
“It’s definitely going to be tougher than the Senate vote,” said Claire Burghoff, communications director for Rep. Steve Womack, the Arkansas Republican who is sponsoring the bill’s sister legislation in the House. “But we’re really confident in its prospects that we can get this done once and for all.”

The Senate voted 69-27 on Monday to send the Marketplace Fairness Act to the House for final passage.
Technically, it would not create a new tax. Consumers are already supposed to pay sales taxes directly to the government when they shop online. But some studies estimate that as much as $23 billion in online sales taxes go uncollected each year, because many consumers don’t realize this.

So the bill would require Internet retailers to collect the tax — just like their brick-and-mortar peers now do. The government sees this as a more efficient means of collection.
“Some suggest this is a tax on the Internet,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, said during Monday’s floor debate. “But every senator knows there’s a law against taxing the Internet. This is a tax that everybody owes that only some people pay.”

States have thrown their support behind the Marketplace Fairness Act, because they want these uncollected taxes to help fill their coffers. Brick-and-mortar stores also support it as a way to level the playing field. They point out that online stores enjoy an unfair advantage, because many consumers go online to save money by avoiding sales tax.


Roll Call of who voted on Amendment S.Amdt. 741 to S. 743
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Lindsey Sham was a no vote

Lindsey Sham was a no vote because he is scared to lose next term to the tea party. Hahahah. Good news!

McCain voted yes. How does he

McCain voted yes. How does he keep getting reelected?

JustLiberty4US's picture

I find it interesting that

I find it interesting that over and over again, the media is saying this bill is led by Republicans; I believed it.

According to the actual votes, twice as many Dems voted for the bill and nearly four times as many Republicans voted against the bill.

I call B.S.

The Federal government has no business authorizing collection of state sales taxes.

If this gets signed

into law, then I just may drop my dsl and telephone. This is getting ridiculous! Communist Russia and China may as well set back as watch how it's done - that'll be our only claim to fame. (if you can call it that)

How they voted

scawarren's picture

Thanks :)

Thanks :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

These S.O.B. 's in the Senate Must Go!

I know these creatures in the Senate are heavily supported by the establishment and the Democratic National Committee, but they are ruining America by the day.

These degenerate and unprincipled creatures are so well protected by the courts and there the colleagues, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them. They are like stinking cockroaches..

It is just a matter of time before the house caves in too...

It won't be long before we have another american revolution....It's coming!

Roll call?

Is the roll call up yet?

Another reason to leave this damn country.

What a bunch of pushovers we have become.

Does anyone remember how this country was born out of a revolt against taxes vastly less egregious than the taxes we face today?

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com

"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

They just

Love robbing their own people who put them in power. How sad.

i thought taxes

had to originate in the house.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

To me, this would make it invalid, but I'm no constitutional expert. Any in the house?

The section of the

The section of the constitution has always been understood to be referring to federal taxes. This bill doesn't create any federal taxes. In fact, it doesn't even require a tax at the state level. This is a commerce clause issue. This is probably the one legitimate use of the commerce clause in the last 100 years.

scawarren's picture

me too

I thought the same, rocketman :/

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain


What I was thinking, too. This is backwards.

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

Not a revenue bill

The bill does not raise any revenue for the federal government just the states. It is probably a payoff to implement obamacare's cost over runs. But that is a guess.


This is interesting, apparently they use a "shell" bills? Where the bill originates in the house, they strip out the original stuff and fill it with what they want, and then send it back to the house.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

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Thanks for the link!!