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The Senate voted to approve a measure that would widely subject online shopping to state sales taxes.

Support for the measure crossed party lines, and it was approved in a 69 to 27 vote Monday.

Currently states can only require retailers to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state. Big stores like Wal-Mart and Target collect sales taxes when they sale items online, but retailers that are online only like Amazon and eBay don't have to collect sales taxes, except in the states where they have offices or distribution centers.

Senators opposed to the bill say it's a tax increase and gives states too much power to cross state lines to enforce their tax laws.

It now goes to the House of Representatives where it faces additional opposition.