The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to a vote in the
United States Senate that signaled broad bipartisan support for the Marketplace
Fairness Act, legislation aimed at giving states the power – if they so choose
- to better enforce their sales tax laws and to level the playing field for
Main Street merchants.
The Senate voted
75 to 24 in favor of an amendment to the FY 2014
Budget Resolution introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and with outspoken
bipartisan support from Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
“Today’s Senate vote is a clear victory for Main Street retailers and those
who believe in free and fair competition,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.
“Main Street retailers across America are grateful to Senators Enzi, Durbin
and Alexander for their steadfast commitment to leveling the playing field for
“The overwhelming bipartisan vote in the Senate is proof-positive that the
federal government’s special treatment of online-only retailers will soon be a
thing of the past. While we take nothing for granted, today’s vote opens many
pathways to making the Marketplace Fairness Act law this year, leveling the
playing field for Main Street merchants once and for all,” said Kennedy.
The Marketplace Fairness Act was outlined in RILA's 2013 public policy agenda
as one of the top priorities for the industry: Retail
Industry Leaders Association 2013 Public Policy Agenda: Empowering Retailers
and Consumers to Grow the Economy.
Identical legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced by
Representatives Steve Womack (R-AR) and Jackie Speier has generated strong
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers,
and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in
annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores,
manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.