McConnell Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Protect Families, Students, Small Business from Taxes on Their Internet Access
‘Congress has since had to vote eight additional times to extend that temporary ban. Today we have an opportunity to make it permanent.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today prior to the Senate vote on the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act and Customs conference report:
“The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages, across our country.
“Students use it to research school projects and papers.
“Entrepreneurs use it to help run their businesses and come up with new ideas.
“Families use it to manage their busy schedules and stay in touch with relatives.
“It’s important that they be able to do all of this without the worry of their Internet access being taxed.
“Congress first voted to ban taxes on Internet access in 1998. But it was only a temporary ban.
“Congress has since had to vote eight additional times to extend that temporary ban.
“Today we have an opportunity to make it permanent.
“The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act is common-sense, bipartisan legislation with 51 cosponsors.
“I appreciate the diligent work by the Republican Senator from South Dakota and the Democratic Senator from Oregon—and of course the many efforts of our colleague from Utah—to move this legislation, and I look forward to supporting it today.”