"Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is pushing to attach his online sales tax measure to the defense authorization bill the chamber is currently debating, Durbin’s office said Thursday.
The Senate has been voting on amendments to the defense authorization bill for much of Thursday. But with votes expected to go deep into Thursday night, it remains to be seen whether the online sales tax measure will get a vote."
The THOMAS website indicates Durbin's amendment wasn't introduced as of Thursday. However, since Durbin is second in command of the Democrat majority, it is likely the measure will be added per his request.
Durbin has been working with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on an online sales tax bill for much of this Congress. The three senators tried to attach the measure to small business legislation this summer, but it never received a vote.
Retail groups and Amazon are among those pushing for the online sales tax bill, which would allow states to charge sales taxes on retailers from outside their borders – something they’re currently not allowed to do because of a 1992 Supreme Court decision.