On their first try, Senators easily approved on Wednesday an amendment the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation to repeal the onerous 1099 provision included in the healthcare law.
The Senate approved, on a 81-17 vote, a motion to waive the point of order against the amendment offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to eliminate the requirement that businesses must file the forms with the IRS for purchases of $600 or more.
Senate Republicans expressed some confusion earlier Wednesday over why Stabenow had signed onto a similar amendment by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) but had offered her own version. The Johanns-Manchin amendment had the support of 61 lawmakers.