From the UK Guardian:
Bill to overturn 1992 court decision has support of Obama, Amazon and Walmart – but its future in the House is uncertain
The Marketplace Fairness Act, which has cross-party supporter and the backing of powerful retailers, would give states the power to require retailers with sales over $1m to collect state and local sales taxes for online purchases.
The bill has the support of president Barack Obama the majority of senators including Republican John McCain but Marco Rubio, seen a potential Republican presidential hopeful, and Rand Paul both voted against the bill.
The bill passed the Senate by 70 votes to 24 but faces a second test in the House of Representatives where internet retailers and conservatives are already lobbying against the tax. House leaders have yet to schedule hearings or votes on their version of the measure.
The legislation would overturn a 1992 supreme court ruling that said a state could not force a retailer to collect sales tax unless the retailer had a physical presence in the state.
Can you imagine being a retailer, following an actual passage of this bill, and having to comply with the separate tax codes of every state and every region?
Because, after all, if you’re a business owner, you simply didn’t build it. Everyone but you built your business.
The following Republicans voted yea on the internet tax: Sessions & Shelby (AL), McCain (AZ), Chambliss & Isakson (GA), Crapo & Risch (ID), Coats (IN), Grassley (IA), Collins (ME), Cochran & Wicker (MS), Blunt (MO), Fischer & Johanns (NE), Hoeven (ND), Portman (OH), Thune (SD), Alexander & Corker (TN), Enzi (WY).
The following Republicans voted nay: Flake (AZ), Rubio (FL), Kirk (IL), Roberts (KS), McConnell & Paul (KY), Vitter (LA), Heller (NV), Ayotte (NH), Coburn & Inhofe (OK), Toomey (PA), Cruz (TX), Hatch & Lee (UT), Johnson (WI), and Barrasso (WY).
An excellent article, “Why Barack Obama hates small business” is here.