AFP: Disappointed in Marketplace Fairness Act

May 07, 2013

5 Democrats “did the right thing.”

Arlington, VA – Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest grassroots advocate for economic freedom, expressed disappointment today following the passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate.

AFP President Tim Phillips said, “It is disappointing to see Harry Reid’s Senate pass the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act which disproportionally affects entrepreneurs and small business owners. This misguided bill dramatically increases compliance costs on businesses as they struggle to track over 9,600 sales tax jurisdictions in the United States.”

“Only months after raising taxes on wages through Obama’s payroll tax hike and broader Fiscal Cliff deal, the Senate is now complicating the tax code instead of addressing wasteful government overspending as Americans want.”

Prior to the vote, AFP issued a letter of opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act, as well as a Key Vote Alert that reminded senators that the Supreme Court had ruled a similar approach unconstitutional.

“We’re further disappointed to see 22 Republicans – who claim to support economic growth – voting for burdensome tax policies that will only hamper our struggling economy. Perhaps they should take a lesson from the 5 Democrats who got this vote right,” continued Phillips.

“The American people are watching, and they have demanded less waste and overspending, not more government bureaucracy.”

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