For the past two years Democrats often had to live with passing legislation in the House only to see it die in the Senate. Republicans experienced this today as their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed on a 51-47 vote. Now Republicans will have to hope for further help from conservative activist judges to change the law as passed by Congress.
One portion of the health care legislation was reversed with strong bipartisan support. An amendment proposed by Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement passed 81-17. While the requirement to issue 1099’s to most suppliers was predicted to bring in an additional $17 billion in tax revenue, it was also felt to create far too much paperwork for small businesses.