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Today the House passed HR 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. The lead sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act issued the following statements in response.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.: "I support extending the moratorium on state and local taxes on internet access and agree that it is an issue Congress needs to take up this year. When we do, we should also consider legislation to restore states' sovereign rights to enforce state and local sales and use tax laws. Our bill, the Marketplace Fairness Act, would allow states, if they choose to do so, to have out-of-state retailers collect the sales tax that is due on all sales – online sales, catalog sales and in-store sales. This bill passed the Senate in the last Congress by a bipartisan vote of 69 senators, and the Senate should move it and the Internet Tax Freedom Act together."

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: “The Marketplace Fairness Act that would level the playing field for small businesses passed overwhelmingly in the Senate last Congress.  I support extending the moratorium on internet access taxes, but at the same time we should give states the ability to collect sales and use taxes already owed on all sales—both internet and brick and mortar sales.  I hope we can move both measures as soon as possible.”

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.: “An extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act and the Marketplace Fairness Act should be considered together and signed into law before the current moratorium on Internet access taxes expires on September 30.The Marketplace Fairness Act is about two words: states’ rights. I don’t think Tennessee or other states should have to play ‘Mother, may I?’ with the federal government when deciding whether to collect, or not collect, a state tax that is already owed.”

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.: “We have said all along that the bill giving families, students, and workers continued tax-free access to the Internet should move at the same time as our bipartisan bill to make sure small businesses on Main Street can compete with Internet retailers. The Senate passed our bill last Congress, but the House failed to even bring it up for a vote – for a year and a half. Let’s pass both of these needed bills together to help level the playing field and give small businesses, as well as individuals and families, fixes they deserve.”