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News Summary: Republicans vote for Internet tax

The Associated Press

SEMANTICS?: The issue of taxing Internet sales is getting strong support from Republicans and Democrats alike, with supporters insisting that it's not a tax increase but a way to let states enforce existing laws.

THE LATEST: On Wednesday, a bill passed a test vote in the Senate, 74 to 23, with 27 Republicans voting in favor. Anti-tax evangelist Grover Norquist isn't happy about it, and the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioning the senators' conservative credentials.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: The issue is getting bigger for states as more people make purchases online. Internet sales in the U.S. rose nearly 16 percent last year to an estimated $226 billion.