By Lars Etzkorn
Last week the Marketplace Fairness Act advanced in the Senate by clearing its fourth procedural hurdle this year (its third this month).
NLC is grateful to our chief advocates for the legislation, Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) and the many others, including Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who were the bill's champions on the Senate floor last week. Following Thursday's cloture vote, the Senate adjourned for a one week recess and will return for final consideration of the bill on Monday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.
NLC encourages you to please thank those who voted to end debate and ask for their continued support. The bill's supporters need to know you appreciate their votes to level the playing field for Main Street businesses and to allow local governments the opportunity to collect taxes owed.
Opponents will be using the recess to try and defeat the bill. Their threat is real, and the stakes are high. This Huffington Post article details the contentious battle over the bill, which may have had something to do with the following Senators switching their votes from "Aye" to "Nay" in the past week: Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Mike Crapo (R-ID); Dan Coats (R-IN); Richard Burr (R-NC); John Hoeven (R-ND); John Thune (R-SD); Ron Johnson (R-WI); John Barrasso (R-WY); and Jim Risch (R-ID).
During this recess week and while they're home in their districts, be sure to let your Senators know you support this legislation, so they return to Washington on May 6 ready to vote YES!
For additional updates, go to www.nlc.org.