U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act by a vote of 69 to 27. Last week, Kaine discussed the Marketplace Fairness Act across Virginia including in Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Falls Church and Leesburg:
"Merchants across our Commonwealth play by the rules and collect sales tax but big internet retailers have been shielded from that same responsibility. I am pleased we took a bipartisan step today to end that unfair advantage by passing the Marketplace Fairness Act and I urge the House to adopt this measure to level the playing field for Virginia's small retail businesses.
"This bill is particularly important for Virginia's infrastructure. The bipartisan transportation bill passed by Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly this year encouraged Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act so that internet sales tax dollars collected in Virginia could be used to improve roads, rail and public transit. These resources will allow Virginia to repair infrastructure and help undertake new projects to keep the state moving at the speed of a 21st century economy."