Earlier in the week while the National Governors Association and proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act were hosting an event to encourage House members to approve the bill already passed the Senate, Republicans from the House and Senate joined Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform to rally against it. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined House Republicans and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday to rally against the bill. The Marketplace Fairness Act would require that Internet sales be subject to the same state taxes that brick-and-mortar retailers have to pay. The bill has yet to be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee and already faces strong opposition from Republicans who took a pledge not to raise taxes.
Others attending the event include Heritage Action for America Chief Executive Officer Mike Needham; Campaign for Liberty President John Tate; National Taxpayers Union Executive Vice President Pete Sepp; WE R HERE Coalition Executive Director Phil Bond; and Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), John Fleming (R-La.), and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).
“Our hope is to build enough opposition in the House that it won’t go anywhere,” Alee Lockman, a spokeswoman for Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who organized the event told Politico.
Senator Cruz told reporters that lobbyists like the National Retail Federation helped rush the bill through the Senate.
“The reason it has passed — and it passed with a significant margin in the Senate —is because we have a lot of very powerful lobbyists in D.C. who are supporting this bill,” Cruz said. “What we are seeing in this bill is Washington ganging up with the giant corporations — you’re seeing Democrats and Republicans arm in arm with the giant corporations.”
Clearly Republicans afraid of what will happen if they break their pledge to raise taxes through this bill are afraid of crossing swords with Norquist and his group. For that reason the bill will have an uphill battle in the House when a vote is finally scheduled on the floor of the House…