The Senate has passed this bill a half-dozen times, sometimes attached to other bills, and more recently as a standalone. The pay-for that the Senate uses differs from the House’s. But instead of a House-Senate conference, the Senate, unbelievably, will vote on the House bill today.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 5, 2011 8:43 am|
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 3, 2011 7:10 am|
Last night the Senate rejected an attempt to repeal the health care reform law. However, what they did repeal — and more important, how they paid for it — provides a signal for how the deficit debate will go on Capitol Hill. And it’s not a particularly good signal.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 2, 2011 3:09 pm|
We should see a vote in the Senate on repealing the Affordable Care Act today, although a decision on how to approach it is still being worked out. Because of the lack of Senate rules reform, any amendment is subject to filibuster as well. However, my understanding is that the amendment on repeal violates the Budget Act because it increases the deficit, and waiving that needs 60 votes. So I don’t know why the filibuster is the obstacle. Democrats could also move to table the amendment, which would need an up or down vote.
In addition to repeal, Sen. Debbie Stabenow has introduced an amendment to eliminate the 1099 reporting requirement, which passed in the health care bill.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 24, 2011 9:48 am|
If Republicans try to bring repeal to the floor as an amendment to a separate bill – a non-germane amendment, Democrats will try to break it out and force votes on popular elements of the law.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 3, 2011 8:00 am|
In an opening bid that’s more of a mood setter than an actual policy expected to be signed into law by the President, the new Republican leadership is likely to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act as one of their first bills in Congress.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 14, 2010 8:01 am|
Around 11am et, the Senate will begin a complicated series of votes on the small business bill. What’s their deal? They actually have to do with some reporting requirements passed in the Affordable Care Act. As a pay-for in the bill, the ACA mandated 1099 reporting for all businesses on certain transactions over $600. The idea here is that companies routinely don’t report such purchases, and summarily don’t pay taxes on them. So basically, the amendment from Johanns eliminates this requirement, and allows businesses to freely evade taxes again. The Nelson amendment would exempt small businesses with less than 25 workers from the requirement, and raise the threshold on transactions to $5,000.