Senate May Vote on Sales Tax Fairness Bill as Soon as Next Week

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    The U.S. Senate may vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S.336) as early as next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to bring the bill directly to the floor for a vote without first referring it to the Senate Finance Committee, as reported by The Hill. Sen. Reid filed a motion on April 16 to initiate the process of putting the bill on the Senate calendar.

    If passed, S.336 would give states the right to require remote retailers that do more than $1 million in out-of-state sales to collect and remit sales tax to the state. On March 22, the Marketplace Fairness Act received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate when put to a vote as an amendment to the Senate budget resolution. The amendment passed by a vote of 75-24.

    “Booksellers and other Main Street retailers applaud Sen. Reid for moving to bring this important bill to the floor for a vote,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.  “This is very positive news for all those who have been campaigning for sales tax fairness. It is clear from the Senate vote in late March that there is significant bipartisan support for the Marketplace Fairness Act, and the time has come to put sales tax fairness up for a vote.”

    By bringing the bill directly to the Senate floor, Sen. Reid would circumvent the Senate Finance Committee and its chair, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who is said to have concerns regarding the bill and who voted “No” in March on the sales tax fairness budget resolution amendment.

    Teicher reminded booksellers of the importance of outreach to their senators in the days leading up to a possible vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act.

    ABA is asking booksellers to contact their senators and, if their senator(s) voted in support of the sales tax fairness amendment, to adapt the “Thank You” letter under the appropriate state and send it to their senator(s). If the senator(s) voted “No,” booksellers are encouraged to adapt the “Please Support S.336” template letter under the appropriate state. The letters can be found in in ABA’s E-Fairness Action Kit.

    To find out if your senator voted yes or no on S.336, see below.


    ROLL CALL

    Grouped by Home State

    Alabama:
    Sessions (R-AL), Yea
    Shelby (R-AL), Yea

    Alaska:
    Begich (D-AK), Yea
    Murkowski (R-AK), Nay

    Arizona:
    Flake (R-AZ), Nay
    McCain (R-AZ), Yea

    Arkansas:
    Boozman (R-AR), Yea
    Pryor (D-AR), Yea

    California:

    Boxer (D-CA), Yea
    Feinstein (D-CA), Yea

    Colorado:
    Bennet (D-CO), Yea
    Udall (D-CO), Yea

    Connecticut:
    Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
    Murphy (D-CT), Yea

    Delaware:
    Carper (D-DE), Yea
    Coons (D-DE), Yea

    Florida:
    Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Rubio (R-FL), Nay

    Georgia:
    Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
    Isakson (R-GA), Yea

    Hawaii:
    Hirono (D-HI), Yea
    Schatz (D-HI), Yea

    Idaho:
    Crapo (R-ID), Yea
    Risch (R-ID), Yea

    Illinois:
    Durbin (D-IL), Yea
    Kirk (R-IL), Yea

    Indiana:
    Coats (R-IN), Nay   
    Donnelly (D-IN), Yea

    Iowa:
    Grassley (R-IA), Nay
    Harkin (D-IA), Yea

    Kansas:
    Moran (R-KS), Yea
    Roberts (R-KS), Nay

    Kentucky:
    McConnell (R-KY), Nay
    Paul (R-KY), Nay

    Louisiana:
    Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
    Vitter (R-LA), Nay

    Maine:
    Collins (R-ME), Yea
    King (I-ME), Yea

    Maryland:
    Cardin (D-MD), Yea
    Mikulski (D-MD), Yea

    Massachusetts:
    Cowan (D-MA), Yea
    Warren (D-MA), Yea

    Michigan:
    Levin (D-MI), Yea
    Stabenow (D-MI), Yea

    Minnesota:
    Franken (D-MN), Yea
    Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea

    Mississippi
    Cochran (R-MS), Yea
    Wicker (R-MS), Yea

    Missouri:
    Blunt (R-MO), Yea
    McCaskill (D-MO), Yea

    Montana:
    Baucus (D-MT), Nay
    Tester (D-MT), Nay

    Nebraska:
    Fischer (R-NE), Yea
    Johanns (R-NE), Yea

    Nevada:
    Heller (R-NV), Nay
    Reid (D-NV), Yea

    New Hampshire:
    Ayotte (R-NH), Nay
    Shaheen (D-NH), Nay

    New Jersey:
    Lautenberg (D-NJ), Not Voting
    Menendez (D-NJ), Yea

    New Mexico:
    Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
    Udall (D-NM), Yea

    New York:
    Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
    Schumer (D-NY), Yea

    North Carolina:
    Burr (R-NC), Yea
    Hagan (D-NC), Yea

    North Dakota:

    Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
    Hoeven (R-ND), Yea

    Ohio:
    Brown (D-OH), Yea
    Portman (R-OH), Yea

    Oklahoma:

    Coburn (R-OK), Yea
    Inhofe (R-OK), Nay

    Oregon:
    Merkley (D-OR), Nay
    Wyden (D-OR), Nay

    Pennsylvania:
    Casey (D-PA), Yea
    Toomey (R-PA), Nay

    Rhode Island:
    Reed (D-RI), Yea
    Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea

    South Carolina:
    Graham (R-SC), Yea
    Scott (R-SC), Nay

    South Dakota:
    Johnson (D-SD), Yea
    Thune (R-SD), Yea

    Tennessee:

    Alexander (R-TN), Yea
    Corker (R-TN), Yea

    Texas:
    Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
    Cruz (R-TX), Nay

    Utah:
    Hatch (R-UT), Nay
    Lee (R-UT), Nay

    Vermont:
    Leahy (D-VT), Yea
    Sanders (I-VT), Yea

    Virginia:
    Kaine (D-VA), Yea
    Warner (D-VA), Yea

    Washington:
    Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
    Murray (D-WA), Yea

    West Virginia:
    Manchin (D-WV), Yea
    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea

    Wisconsin:
    Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
    Johnson (R-WI), Yea

    Wyoming:
    Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
    Enzi (R-WY), Yea