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  • Marketplace Fairness Act 0F 2013—Motion to Proceed

    by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    Posted on 2013-04-22

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    SHAHEEN. Mr. President, I couldn't say it any more eloquently than my friend from Oregon whose small businesses are facing the same kind of discrimination our small businesses in New Hampshire are facing.



    I came straight from the airport--my flight was delayed; so I wasn't here to vote no on this legislation that I think has not been thought through carefully because, as the Senator from Oregon points out, it is going to affect innovation and the ability to use the Internet in a way that I think most of this should be used. It is going to set up a whole new set of rules that are very difficult for our businesses in New Hampshire and Oregon to comply with. I think it is not the best way for us to go about taxation and doing it in a fair way. Sadly, as a result of this legislation, if it passes, as the Senator pointed out, we are going to see a whole different set of rules for one set of businesses than for another and that just isn't right.

    So I plan to come down to the floor and speak at greater length about this tomorrow, but I wanted to come this afternoon, when I heard the Senator was speaking as I came from the airport, to join the Senator in opposition to the legislation and point out that I certainly would have voted no and intend to continue to do everything I can to try to address what I think is a very unfair way to deal with taxation.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Oregon.

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