By Julian Hattem - 06/16/14 12:47 PM EDT
Legislation to permanently bar states and cities from placing a tax on the Internet is moving forward in the House.
The Judiciary Committee will mark up the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act on Wednesday morning, the panel announced on Monday.
The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act would extend that ban indefinitely.
It was introduced last year by Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteInternal memo: Refugee program vulnerable to fraud Sen. Thune slams Dems for protecting Internet transition Top GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program MORE (R-Va.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Technology subcommittee.
The bill currently has 214 cosponsors in the House, just four short of a majority. A companion bill in the Senate from Finance Chairman Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas US wins aerospace subsidies trade case over the EU Wells CEO Stumpf resigns from Fed advisory panel MORE (D-Ore.) and Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneFive takeaways from the new driverless car guidelines Overnight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure Sen. Thune slams Dems for protecting Internet transition MORE (R-S.D.) has 50 cosponsors, spelling an easy path forward in both chambers.
Aside from its bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, anti-tax and Web freedom groups have also pushed for the bill.
In a letter expected on Monday, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and Katie McAuliffe, head the group’s Digital Liberty project, told lawmakers that the bill was a way to protect constituents “from an unnecessary barrier to the most self-improving technology that has existed thus far.”
“The Internet is our greatest gateway to knowledge,” they wrote. “Support your constituents’ individual ability for self-advancement by co-sponsoring [the the Permanent Internet tax Freedom Act] and giving it your vote when it comes to the floor as stand-alone legislation.”