Senators have taken a series of votes on amendments to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (S. 223). They all dealt with the health reform law.
If you just want the highlights, an amendment to repeal the “1099” reporting requirement was adopted. An amendment to repeal the health law was defeated.
- Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) offered an amendment that would repeal a “burdensome recordkeeping requirement for small businesses” known as the “1099” reporting requirement, according to a press release. The provision forces “small business owners to file an IRS form 1099 for each vendor from whom they make purchases of $600 or more.” The repeal, which costs roughly $22 billion over 10 years, would be paid for with unobligated federal funds at the discretion of the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) Director. According to AccountingToday, Defense, Veterans Affairs and Social Security funds would be exempt from any cuts. A budget point of order was raised against the amendment. The point of order was waived and the amendment subsequently adopted by a vote of 81-17. 60 votes were needed to waive.
- Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) offered a similar “1099” repeal amendment. It would be paid for by removing or reforming various tax loopholes, including certain tax breaks for oil companies. Under a unanimous consent agreement, 60 votes were needed for adoption. It was defeated, 44-54.
- Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered an amendment to repeal the health law. A budget point of order was raised against it. An attempt by McConnell to waive the point of order was defeated, 47-51. 60 votes were needed to waive.
Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) were the two members not voting on these amendments.