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April 22, 2013

Bipartisan Support for Marketplace Fairness Act Grows: White House 'Strongly Supports'

WASHINGTON, D.C.–As the U.S. Senate gears up to vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743), the White House released a statement today calling for the bill’s passage. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) thanks the president for his support. Strong support from the president comes in addition to the already strong bipartisan support for the bill in the Senate, beginning with the bill’s lead sponsors Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and its 26 other bipartisan sponsors.

From the statement released by the Executive Office of the President:

“The administration strongly supports S. 743, which will level the playing field for local small business retailers that are in competition every day with large out-of-state online companies.” The statement goes on to say that “The administration looks forward to working with the Congress on this bipartisan legislation to support state and local priorities.”

NCSL is a long-time champion of the Marketplace Fairness Act and encourages the Senate to pass the legislation.  In 2012 alone, it was estimated states lost out on a collective $23 billion as a result of not being able to collect sales tax revenue on remote sales.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.