WASHINGTON — State and local groups are aggressively lobbying Congress in the remaining few days of the lame duck session to pass legislation sponsored by three Senators that would allow governments to collect taxes from online sales.

Still recovering from the recession and worried about further cuts in federal funding that could be made next year if Congress does not reach a deal to avoid sequestration, states would be able to collect approximately $23 billion in state sales taxes owed from online sales, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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