Bill Extending Ban on Internet Taxes Heads to President's Desk

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- A bill extending a ban on Internet access taxes is headed to the White House for President Bush's signature.

The House has approved a seven-year prohibition 402-0, despite considerable support in the House and Senate for a permanent ban. Concerns over the potential long-term impact on state and local governments forced a compromise.

An official with the National Governors Association says the provision amounts to a moratorium on state and local taxes. He says with the Internet changing rapidly, the issue should be revisited periodically.

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez calls the bill "bipartisan legislation at its best," noting that businesses, state and local government organizations and labor unions support it.

A House bill to make the ban permanent has nearly 240 co-sponsors, more than a majority.

Senator John Sununu tells The Associated Press that seven years is an important place to start.
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