FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Vote Shows Widespread Support for Online Sales Tax

March 22, 2013

The National League of Cities (NLC) issued the following release from executive director Clarence Anthony following today's Senate vote on the Marketplace Fairness amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution:

"Today's passage of the Marketplace Fairness amendment in the Senate demonstrates the widespread, bipartisan support for marketplace fairness, and signifies its importance to Main Street businesses across the United States. We applaud the 75 Senators who voted today in support of giving state and local governments the authority to collect sales taxes on remote sales.

"This is not a new tax, but rather a more efficient way of collecting the sales tax already owed to local and state governments, and this act will finally put brick and mortal retailers on an equal footing with their online counterparts. The businesses affected by the current tax loophole are the backbone of cities and towns across our country-they provide jobs and spur economic development in our communities. These business owners deserve an level playing field in the competitive marketplace.

"We thank Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) for their leadership and support, as well as the 25 additional co-sponsors who have championed the legislation in the Senate. These lawmakers have pushed tirelessly for this important legislation. However, while today is a victory, it is only the first step. We look forward to continuing our advocacy efforts to see this legislation signed into law."

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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