Washington, DC – (6/6/13) – House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who was Facebook bombed by over 3,000 young activists in recent days, announced this morning that his committee would not take up Senate-passed legislation to collect taxes on Internet sales. Goodlatte’s statement effectively kills the bill, deceptively labeled the “Marketplace Fairness Act”.
Generation Opportunity organized the Facebook bomb, encouraging its grassroots army to leave comments on Goodlatte’s Facebook page. Over 3,000 public comments were posted in the first few hours alone, as reported by POLITICO.
Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg, one of the first Millennials to run for Congress, issued the following statement:
“Today was a good day for young people. My generation sent a loud and clear message to Washington that we will oppose efforts to tax or regulate the Internet. The Internet tax would have disproportionately harmed my generation, as we do a greater share of our shopping online than older generations.”
Millennials already have it tough, facing the highest sustained youth unemployment since World War II. Efforts to regulate the Internet, such as the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) a few years ago, tend to inspire lots of grassroots activism from this dynamic, free-thinking generation.
Generation Opportunity is a national, non-partisan organization advocating for economic opportunity for young people through less government and more freedom.
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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2013