Cooper and Durbin talk immigration and sales tax

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:29pm
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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Nashville with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Tuesday to drum up support for Internet sales tax collection and an immigration overhaul.

Durbin is an Illinois Democrat who is sponsoring the Marketplace Fairness Act with Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and others. He said Internet businesses have an unfair advantage over brick and mortar shops. He said consumers are using local stores as showrooms to pick a product that they then go buy on the Internet.

Cooper emphasized that this is not a tax increase.

"I hope people look at the substance of the bill. This is not a new law. People already are supposed to be paying this tax," Cooper said.

Consumers are legally obligated to pay sales tax on Internet purchases in states that have the tax, but most do not. The bill would require Internet retailers to collect the tax and send it back to the state where a shopper lives.

Durbin said the money would provide "needed revenue for state and local governments."

Durbin also is one of a bipartisan group of eight senators who crafted a bill to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Among other things, the bill would strengthen border security, allow tens of thousands of new high- and low-skilled workers into the country, require all employers to check their workers' legal status and provide an eventual path to citizenship for some 11 million people now in the country without permission.

"It really tries to address the immigration problem in an honest and comprehensive way," Durbin said.

On Tuesday he and Cooper were cautiously optimistic about the bill's prospects.

"The national Republican Party knows they are locked out of the White House unless they change their position on immigration," Durbin said.

Cooper said strong support in the Senate would send a signal to the House that "we finally have a chance to break the gridlock."

4 Comments on this post:

By: conservarage on 5/1/13 at 7:12

Dick Durbin? who gives a $@##@ what Dick Durbin says?

Go back to Illinois, scumbag.

By: wasaw on 5/1/13 at 8:31

"The national Republican Party knows they are locked out of the White House unless they change their position on immigration," Durbin said.

What the good 'Dem Senator Durbin is saying here my friends is that his party will sell out America to the law breaking/criminal/illegal immigrant Hispanics in order to retain the power of the White House. Senator Durbin, and his friends care little about the illegals, short of the great potential to sign them up as voting Democrats. Power brokers continually seek power, and they don't care what it cost all of us legal Americans. What's next? They will be attempting to return voting privileges to prison inmates. It will not be long folks. It's coming. The 'Dems are consumed with retaining the power.

By: nashmusic2244 on 5/1/13 at 9:33

KUDOS to the commenters. These two Durbin and Cooper are ridiculous. Increase taxes on us, dig DEEPER into our pockets and refuse to support meaningful immigration laws that will secure our borders and NOT give get out of jail card to illegals and keep them stupid and dependent by not requiring them to learn English.

Do the right thing and vote these TWO out of office...WE can surely oust Cooper, Illinois is already screwed.

By: yogiman on 5/1/13 at 4:04

Better yet, vote everyone in Congress out of office. It's time to start a new Congress. Anyone in congress that would allow someone who refused to prove their eligibility to become president to take over the Oval Office is in the wrong place.

They aren't representing us now; only themselves.