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Washington, D.C. – Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on passage of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act:

“In the short span of a couple decades, the Internet has bettered the lives of Americans in immeasurable ways and created new economic opportunities for communities across the country. Valuable information on medicine, product safety, community events, international news, and just about everything else is now accessible in moments. Education is available to anyone with a connection. Increased competition has pulled prices down for American consumers and expanded visions for innovation. House Republicans agree with millions of Americans who believe in an unrestricted Internet where goods and ideas flow freely.

“In the beginning of the Internet revolution, Congress put a moratorium on state and local governments imposing taxes on Internet access. With the moratorium set to expire come November, the House today passed H.R. 3086 to make permanent the ban on taxing Internet access.

“House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) has been a steadfast leader on Internet freedom, and I would like to thank him for his work on this bill to ensure our Internet remains open and accessible for all.”