Making Internet Tax Ban Permanent Critical to Small Businesses, American Consumers
Following House passage of a temporary extension of the Internet tax moratorium today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) expressed his disappointment that House Democratic leaders refused to schedule a vote on a bipartisan bill to permanently ban taxes on Internet access and purchases:
"I'm pleased the ban has been extended, but the majority missed a golden opportunity to permanently shut the door on Internet taxation. Banning Internet taxation would benefit American consumers and small businesses, encourage greater economic growth, and create more American jobs. A strong bipartisan group of members support a permanent ban, yet House Democratic leadership has refused to schedule a vote on the bill.
"Since 1998, when Congress first banned Internet taxation, House Republicans have made repeated attempts to permanently eliminate the threat of a web tax. This stands in stark contrast to the actions of Democratic leaders, who have ignored repeated, bipartisan calls to bring the permanent tax ban to the floor. 242 Republicans and Democrats support a permanent ban. The refusal by Democratic leaders to bring this bill to the floor not only thwarts the will of the House, but it also is a clear sign that they are not serious about keeping the Internet tax-free."
NOTE: The Republican Congress first banned Internet taxes in 1998. On a number of occasions over the last decade, the Republican-led House passed legislation to make the Internet tax ban permanent - efforts that were consistently stifled by the Senate. As a result, Congress was forced to pass a number of temporary extensions of the ban, most recently in 2004.
Boehner has signed on as a co-sponsor of two measures to permanently ban Internet taxes: the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 743), introduced on January 31, 2007 by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA); and the Internet Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 1077), introduced on February 15, 2007 by Rep. John Campbell (R-CA).
Boehner represents Ohio's 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.