The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a controversial amendment to a budget resolution whose goal is to levy a universal sales tax on Internet purchases. The measure is sponsored by Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and has the support of the National Retail Federation, which says online retailers reap an unfair competitive advantage by avoiding charging sales tax. Critics of the plan, including the National Taxpayers Union and a coalition of online companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, LivingSocial and AOL, call the measure an "unreasonable burden on interstate commerce."

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