U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement on today's Internet Sales Tax cloture vote:
"Today, it was an honor to attend the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, as well as a memorial ceremony remembering those lost in the tragic explosion in West, Texas.
"Unfortunately, the Senate Majority Leader scheduled the vote on the Internet sales tax bill while I was in Texas. Had I been present for the vote, I would have emphatically voted "no.'
"Restoring economic growth should be every elected official's top priority. Our economy is stagnant--it's grown just 0.8% a year for the last four years--and small businesses are gasping for breath.
"At a time when so many people are hurting, this bill would impose billions of dollars of new taxes on small businesses across America. That makes no sense.
"The Internet has been a haven for entrepreneurial growth. We should protect and cherish the freedom of the Internet, and Congress should not pass a massive new Internet sales tax.
"The Democratic leadership should not be doing the bidding of major corporate lobbyists, at the expense of mom-and-pop retailers across America. Forcing small Internet retailers to comply with the taxing authority of over 9,600 jurisdictions nationwide would kill jobs and stifle economic growth. There's no reason for the Senate to pass this flawed bill--skipping the committee process and rushing the bill forward to stifle debate."