She has also warned that some cities around the country are piling on with other taxes that bring the total burden to more than 20 percent. Lofgren, Rep. Trent FranksTrent FranksTrump, GOP struggle to find healthcare votes The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on ObamaCare repeal plan GOP rep: Nuke could enter US hidden in marijuana bales MORE (R-Ariz.) and other supporters of the bill say there is a risk that states and localities could tax wireless service out of business.
The bill, H.R. 2309, would ban new taxes on cellphone services for five years, which they hope will give state and federal government representatives and the wireless industry a chance to discuss what level of taxation is best for wireless services.
Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTI-The Wireless Association, welcomed the introduction of the bill.
"On behalf of the more than 300 million wireless users in the U.S., CTIA and our members appreciate Representatives Lofgren and Franks for reintroducing this important bill," he said. "With 144 bipartisan cosponsors, the Wireless Tax Fairness Act must be passed as quickly as possible to protect wireless consumers from any new and discriminating taxes and fees."
As of late Tuesday, the bill actually had 149 co-sponsors, more than one-third of the House.
Lofgren introduced similar legislation in the last Congress, and the House was able to pass it by a voice vote in November 2011. Sens. Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate Dem senator: House Intel chairman may have revealed classified info US Chamber urges quick vote on USTR nominee Lighthizer MORE (D-Ore.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) proposed a companion bill in the Senate, but that bill never moved in committee, and was never considered on the Senate floor.