House passes 1099 repeal, but repeal still appears to be a long way off
In his State of the Union, President Obama said he wanted to see it happen.
Now, I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law. (Laughter.) So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses. (Applause.)
Both measures passed with whopping bipartisan majorities.
So, why are we no closer to repeal today than we were last summer?
For observers, it’s a telling symbol of Washington’s partisan gridlock hitting a fever pitch: If an issue that everyone agrees on can’t get resolved, what can?
House Ways and Means ranking member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) argued that the Republican bill could require some families to pay back the tax break for federal healthcare if their salary changes during the year and pushes them over the threshold, forcing them to pay back upward of thousands in tax breaks.
“Clearly, there is strong, bipartisan support to repeal the 1099 provisions so that small businesses can focus on what they do best — creating jobs,” (Rep. Dave) Camp said in a statement. “With more than 70 percent of the House … I urge the Senate to move quickly to take up and pass this legislation so we can send a bipartisan bill to the president.”
“Anything that passes the Senate with 80-plus votes is pretty remarkable and generally something the chamber stands behind and will fight for,” a Senate aide said.