Senate’s “Shop China” Moment

In a symbolic but telling vote, a whole bunch of United States Senators supported what may become known as the “shop China bill.”

During the Senate’s vote-a-rama, 75 Senators supported the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act.  Many Senators inaccurately believed the bill was about “fairness.”  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), however, explained the “international implications” of the scheme are anything but fair:

“What concerns me, especially after the legal analysis I received from the Congressional Research Service, is I think the way this bill is going to work, people are going to end up calling it the shop Canada bill or maybe the shop Mexico bill or, what is even more ominous, the shop China bill.”

The bill, more frequently referred to as an “Internet Sales Tax” bill, would place costly burdens on retailers and allow states to impose taxes in a way that favors their local businesses over out-of-state firms, who have no representation in the taxing state.

As Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) personalized the massive compliance burden that would be placed on businesses:

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Morning Action: Vote-A-Rama, So Many Votes, So Little Time

VOTE-A-RAMA.  Heritage Action is tracking the Senate’s vote-a-rama via twitter.  We want to give you a quick picture of whether budget amendments are conservative or not.

INTERNET SALES TAX.  The Senate votes on the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which would have complex and negative implications.  We will key vote against this harmful bill:

There is no Internet exemption from sales taxes; in fact, sales taxes are already collected for the vast majority of online sales.  Instead, the proposal concerns the power of states over businesses outside of their borders.  Specifically, the proposal would overturn a Supreme Court decision setting limits on a state’s ability to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes for them, turning every out-of-state retailer into a sales tax collector for nearly 10,000 separate state, local and municipal tax jurisdictions.

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