Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor in an impassioned speech to fight against taxing the Internet. Cruz warned that if the Senate doesn’t act, there will be federal taxes imposed on the Internet that will go into effect this November, just before the mid-term elections. Cruz reminded the Senate that “in 1998 President Bill Clinton signed the law banning Internet taxes. Congress has extended it three times: in 2001, 2004, and 2007.”
“This should be easy. This should be a matter of easy agreement because rarely is there an issue that has united parties so broadly as keeping the Internet tax-free.”
Cruz explained that there are politicians in the Senate “who want to extend sales taxes to the Internet, who want to subject small business, mom and pops, businesses started by people just wanting to build a business, to crushing sales taxes from 9,600 jurisdictions nationwide.”
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The Republican Senator told the Chamber that average taxes on telephone service are 17% and that taxes on cable TV are 12%.
“The last thing we should be doing is playing politics and jacking up taxes on people accessing the Internet.”
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) sponsored the Senate version, S. 1431 and has 52 Senate co-sponsors.
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“A bill that in this body is introduced by a senior Democrat, we ought to come together in a bipartisan way to say, we stand in unison to protecting Internet tax-freedom”.
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