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Speaker Chaffetz Could Be Boon to Internet Sales Taxes and Online Gambling Ban
10/08/2015 at 10:08 am - Michi Iljazi


Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) set off a firestorm when he abruptly announced he would resign from Congress at the end of October. While the news is still sending shockwaves throughout Washington, the competition to replace Mr. Boehner has been a full court press for the limited candidates aiming for the job. Now that current Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has dropped out of the race, there are other members considering a run for Speaker. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fl.) is running (in what appears to be nothing more than a long-shot bid), and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has also thrown his hat into the ring for Speaker. Adding to the drama of this leadership election is the move by Speaker Boehner this week to postpone the vote (originally scheduled for October 7) to October 29, the same day Boehner officially retires from Congress. The race for Speaker is critical and while the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) doesn’t endorse in these leadership elections, it is important to point out the potential legislative consequences that could follow with a new Speaker. In particular, what a Speaker Chaffetz would mean for certain pieces of legislation that TPA has been adamantly opposed to over the last few legislative sessions.

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