Alexei Navalny’s Death Is a Loss for Russia and the World U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) February 21, 2024 Newsweek …For more than 10 years, [Alexei] Navalny openly opposed the Russian dictator, calling out the “crooks and thieves” in the Kremlin who enabled his...
After years of left-leaning governments, the people of Argentina democratically elected President Javier Milei and Vice President Victoria Villarruel. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, met with President...
Tras años de gobiernos de izquierda, el pueblo de Argentina democráticamente eligió al presidente Javier Milei y la vicepresidenta Victoria Villarruel. El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL), vicepresidente del Comité Selecto de Inteligencia del Senado, se...
Families Deserve Better than Democrats’ Child “Tax Credit” U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) February 20, 2024 National Review The child tax credit (CTC) has been a pillar of conservative, pro-family policy for almost 30 years…. But today, Republicans are poised to undo...
TikTok, a social media app controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, is a national security risk to the United States. Republicans and Democrats in Congress, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and President Joe Biden’s White House...
On July 18, 1994, Iranian-backed Hezbollah mercenaries carried out a brutal terrorist attack against the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Building in Buenos Aires. The hateful terrorist attack killed 85 and injured hundreds of civilians. U.S....
Bipartisan Group Of Senators Protest Decision To Rush Online Sales Tax Bill To Senate Floor
Washington, D.C. – In a letter today to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), expressed serious concerns that the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (S. 743) is being rushed to the Senate floor for a vote this week – despite the fact that it has not gone through the regular committee process. Last week, Leader Reid used a procedural maneuver to circumvent the committee process and speed up consideration of the bill, setting a preliminary cloture vote for this afternoon.
BIPARTISAN LETTER TO LEADER REID:
Dear Senate Majority Leader Reid,
We, the undersigned, urge you to reconsider your decision to expedite consideration of S. 743, the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act”. As described more fully below, we have a number of substantive concerns with the bill. At the very minimum, we believe these concerns warrant a thorough vetting of the bill through regular order.
Though the official title of the bill references states’ “sovereign rights”, it does nothing but erode them. As you know, the Marketplace Fairness Act would allow states to force retailers that have zero physical presence, in a state outside of their own, to collect and remit sales tax to it. Under current Supreme Court precedent, in the absence of a sufficient nexus, a state cannot reach beyond its borders to compel out-of-state Internet vendors to collect taxes on a particular transaction. This standard is the result of the 1992 decision Quill v. North Dakota, in which the Court held that requiring remote vendors to collect such taxes would place an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce. By usurping this standard, the Marketplace Fairness Act would undermine an important limitation of the Commerce Clause: the nexus requirement.
Further, the bill will result in crippling compliance costs on small Internet businesses. These costs include not only those associated with the new collection and remittance requirements, but these small businesses will also be on the hook for expensive audits and legal bills if there are any errors in the thousands of tax calculations and distributions they must make every day. At a time of tepid economic growth, Congress should enact measures that are designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking; its priority should not be to look for creative ways to plug state budget holes.
Despite these concerns, S.743 has yet to go through a markup in its committee of jurisdiction. A bill with such constitutional and economic implications deserves nothing less. Again, we respectfully request that you reconsider your decision to expedite consideration of S. 743.
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator Jon Tester
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
U.S. Senator Mike Lee
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz