On February 2nd, the Senate defeated, by a vote of 51 – 47, Amendment 13 to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. This Amendment, offered by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would have repealed the Health Care Law and the health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The vote was right along party lines – 47 Republican Yeas and 51 Democrat Nays. Two Senators did not vote: Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Mark Warner (D-VA). You can find the full roll call vote here.
But do not be dismayed, Senator McConnell and others have said this is just the beginning and vowed not to give up the fight to repeal this bill provision-by-provision, and to delay its funding. As reported by The Hill.com, “‘This issue is still ahead of us and we will be going back at it in a variety of ways,’ McConnell added.”
One provision of the law was repealed yesterday. Amendment 9, submitted by Senator Stabenow (D-MI), passed by a vote of 81 – 17. All 47 Republicans voted Yea, along with 34 Democrats. Only 17 Democrats voted Nay (see below), with Joe Lieberman and Mark Warner not voting. This amendment repeals the 1099 reporting requirements for payments of $600.00 or more to corporations.
The Hill.com reports that some Republicans see this as a “small” victory: “A real small piece of the badness was taken care of today — the 1099 — there are probably 2,000 more pieces of badness that could be gone after,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus.
Be sure to tell your Senators to keep up the good fight.
How do you eat a hippopotamus?…One bite at a time!
Please read the full report at The Hill.com here.
Senators voting Nay on Repeal of the 1099 Provision are shown below. Click here for the full roll call vote.