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NTU urges all Senators to vote as follows on S. Con. Res. 8:
March 21, 2013
***This is the fourth of several communications to the Senate NTU intends to make during the course of the budget debate***
As the Senate considers S. Con. Res. 8, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014, NTU urges all Senators to vote as follows:
“YES” on Sen. Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Flake (R-AZ) Crop Insurance Amendment: This amendment would require the public disclosure of certain crop insurance information, bringing much needed transparency and public accountability to the federal crop insurance program, just as already exists for other federal agriculture subsidy programs such as direct payments and conservation programs.
“YES” on Sen. Hatch (R-UT) Medical Device Tax Repeal Amendment: This amendment would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund for repeal of the costly 2.3 percent medical device excise tax implemented under the 2010 health care law. Already this damaging tax has hurt manufacturers, caused lay-offs, and driven up health care costs at a time when many can least afford it.
“NO” on Sen. Enzi (R-NV) Marketplace Fairness Amendment: As previously noted in an earlier letter to the Senate, NTU regards a vote in favor of this amendment to be a vote to advance the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA) and give the Senate’s blessing to destructive extraterritorial state collection schemes. This is a dangerous expansion of tax collection authority that would hinder tax competition among states, heap heavy burdens upon small businesses, and expose taxpayers to potentially predatory state revenue administration tactics. This vote will be heavily weighted.
Roll call votes on the above amendments to S. Con. Res. 8 will be included in our annual Rating of Congress.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift at (703) 683-5700