In the wee hours on Saturday morning during vote-a-rama, the Senate voted on the Inhofe amendment #139 to the Senate Democrat Budget, and it was agreed to by a vote of 53-46. The amendment was designed to protect the Second Amendment to the Constitution and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
What this vote indicates is that the treaty will likely not have enough support in the Senate because treaties need two-thirds present and voting — 67 votes, as a rule of thumb — to be ratified. Since only 46 Senators voted against the Inhofe amendment, proponents of the treaty are 21 votes short.
This is good news. Why?
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.