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This Week

Before the snow hit Washington, this would have been a big week for supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act, with the House Judiciary Committee scheduled to hold a full committee hearing exploring various alternatives to the Internet Sales Tax Issue. One benefit to postponement is that it pushes the hearing back to a time closer to ASA's Legislative Fly-in in April and keeps this issue on the front burner. In addition, the House is scheduled to continue its fight against the Affordable Care Act, taking up legislation that would repeal the individual mandate. The Senate will take up the nomination of Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Under the new confirmation rules approved in November, Republicans can no longer require 60 votes to confirm a nominee. However, according to reports, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has mounted a vigorous protest to the nomination, even co-authoring a Wall Street Journal op-ed in opposition. Toomey opposes Adegbile on the grounds that he voluntarily took over the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. more

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