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Morgan Griffith says Marketplace Fairness Act won't pass House

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A bill pushing to charge sales tax to Internet companies is likely dead, at least for the near future.

The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the Senate with 70 percent of the vote in the spring.

But since then it has faced strong opposition from many Republicans in the House of Representatives who say this is a tax increase on consumers.

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) co-sponsored the bill and is one of the few house Republicans to support it.

Despite his work, Griffith believes it isn't going anywhere.

"My belief right now is this bill will not pass in the next year," he said. "Sometimes you have to do what you think is right, but I don't think we will see this bill pass the floor of the House."

Griffith says the bill isn't a new tax, instead just enforcing a tax and use law that's been on the books for decades.

He's hopeful more education could help pass it in the future.

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