ByÂ JENNIFER HABERKORN, Politico
TheÂ Senate voted Wednesday for the first time to repeal a piece of President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care overhaul, rolling back a new tax reporting requirement thatâ€™s been universally panned by business owners.
The amendment to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement passed 81-17 with broad bipartisan support.
The provision was one that Obama identified in hisÂ State of the Union speech as something that Democrats were willing to change.
The Senate voted several times last year on repealing the requirement, but all the attempts failed amid partisan bickering over how to pay for it.Â Republicans made an attempt to repeal the provision by taking money from the health reform lawâ€™s prevention and wellness fund.Â Democrats tried to repeal it without paying for it.
The provision would have required business owners to file 1099 tax documents on all cumulative purchases from a single vendor that total more than $600 in a year.
It was included in the health law because it would have raised about $17 billion in previously uncollected taxes. A bipartisan collection of business groups have opposed the provision, arguing that it would bury them in paperwork.
The amendment was proposed byÂ Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
â€œThis amendment is a common-sense solution for business owners who need to be focused on creating jobs, not filling out paperwork for the IRS,â€ she said.
Democrats blocked a similar amendment from Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) last year.
He had offered the amendment this week, but Stabenowâ€™s got the vote.
â€œThe net effect is that, the way I look at it, my desire is to get this repealed,â€ Johanns told POLITICO. â€œItâ€™s a victory for the business community, churches and charities and state and local governments. So Iâ€™m not creating a fuss. Iâ€™d be happy to vote for the amendment whether it has my name on it or hers.â€
The repeal would be paid for by requiring the Office of Management and Budget to find the funding in unspent but appropriated funds.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) offered another amendment to repeal the provision but paid for it by issuing new taxes on oil companies.
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