The Obama administration released a policy statement on Monday afternoon strongly supporting the online sales tax bill just two hours before a planned Senate cloture vote on whether to limit debate on the measure.

“The administration strongly supports provisions in S.743 that would directly address those concerns by granting only those states and localities that have simplified their sales tax systems the option to require all retailers, including those located out-of-state, to collect sales and use taxes already owed under law,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a Statement of Administration Policy. “The administration also is pleased that S.743 provides an exception for small online businesses and requires states to make available, at no cost to retailers, software that helps calculate the state sales tax on remote transactions, as well as administrative services.”

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