JCK – Will This Week’s Election Make an Online Sales Tax Less Likely?
Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, an e-tail trade association that opposes the MFA, thinks the election strengthens the “hands of the Republicans. They will be very reluctant to give Harry Reid and [Senate majority whip and bill cosponsor] Dick Durbin a big win in the lame duck.”
Brandon Arnold, executive vice president of the anti-MFA National Taxpayers Union, also believes the bill is now a far longer shot.
“Reid and Durbin see this as their last hurrah controlling the chamber, but there isn’t much sentiment to do anything substantive in the lame duck,” he says. “House Republicans don’t want to do take this issue up. It’s just too controversial. They would rather do it working with Senate counterparts who are more in line with their thinking.”