With less than five weeks to go in the year, supporters are concentrating most of their efforts on the Senate, where a measure giving states greater latitude to collect sales taxes from online purchases has a powerful backer in Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), says Politico.
Both the Senate and House proposals would allow states to collect sales taxes from internet retailers located in other states, an approach that also has been backed by prominent GOP governors, such as Cato favorite Chris Christie.
Lawmakers could easily remain in Washington until they have to vote on a broad tax and spending deal, meaning there could be time for an online sales tax to get a standalone vote in the Senate. A measure could be tacked onto any fiscal-cliff deal negotiated between the White House and Congress...
“I think we’re close,” Durbin told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s one of those we really won’t know until we test it.
Claire Burghoff, a spokeswoman for Womack, said she also expected the Senate to take the lead on the online sales tax in the lame duck, and that staff in the House and Senate were meeting daily to try and patch up any differences.
“We have a lot of momentum on our side right now,” Burghoff said...
“I think this is a question of can we get a vote, not if it can pass,” said Jason Brewer, a spokesman for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). “We feel confident about the vote count, but there’s also not a lot of time to push this across the finish line.”