NTU urges all Senators to vote as follows on S. Con. Res. 8:
March 22, 2013
***This is the seventh 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 Cruz Amendment #469: This amendment would provide a portion of Department of Education funding to the States to allow for scholarships for low-income students in kindergarten through grade 12 to use at the school of their choice.
“YES” on Cruz Amendment #472: This amendment would establish a private right of action challenging Federal regulations where the cost of such regulation significantly exceeds the benefits.
“YES” on Cruz Amendment #473: This amendment would prohibit millionaires from being eligible for or receiving any means-tested welfare payments.
“YES” on Cruz Amendment #508: This amendment would restore federalism with regard to regulation of labor relations, which may include establishing that it is the sole right of States to regulate labor relations.
“YES” on Cruz Amendment #601: This amendment would eliminate government-granted advantages that benefit corporations, which may include loan guarantee programs, direct subsidies, tax preferences, regulatory preferences, trade preferences, or sole source contracts.
“YES” on Ayotte Second-Degree Amendment #657 to Durbin Amendment #578: This amendment would permit states to protect their businesses against audit and tax collection enforcement by other states, to opt-out-out of requirements to transfer data, and other commonsense reforms to limit the harm imposed on taxpayers and businesses by the Marketplace Fairness Act.
“YES” on Baucus Second-Degree Amendment #658 to Durbin Amendment #578: This amendment would exempt the sales of business inputs, groceries, school supplies, pharmaceuticals, and other essentials from the Marketplace Fairness Act.
“NO” on Enzi Second-Degree Amendment #656 to Durbin Amendment #578: NTU regards a vote in favor of this 2nd degree amendment, as well as the underlying amendment #578, to be a vote to advance the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and give the Senate’s blessing to destructive extraterritorial state tax collection schemes. This is a dangerous expansion of taxing authority that would hinder fiscal competition amongst the 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