Senate passes spending bill, ends government shutdown threat

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (2nd R) smiles as he departs the Senate floor after it passed at $1.1 trillion spending bill following a long series of votes, many on procedural matters or to confirm members of the Obama administration, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 13, 2014. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst

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Internet sales tax advances after Obama endorsement

Internet tax increase

Brendan Sasso and Bernie Becker
The Hill
April 23, 2013

Photo by Guillaume Barki, via Wikimedia Commons

Legislation that would empower states to tax online purchases cleared a key hurdle in the Senate on Monday after winning an enthusiastic endorsement from President Obama.

Senators advanced the bill in 74-20 procedural vote on Monday evening, just one vote short of the backing it received in a test vote last month. Twenty-six Republicans joined Democrats in moving forward with the bill.

The Senate will now begin debate on amendments. The chamber is expected to hold the decisive vote on the bill — known as the Marketplace Fairness Act — later this week.

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