The Senate today: Healthcare, unions and laserbeams

Another healthcare-related amendment is S.A. 9, from Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowWhat Senate backers aren’t saying about the GMO “compromise” bill Overnight Regulation: FDA raises concerns over GMO labeling bill FDA concerned with GMO labeling 'compromise' MORE (D-Mich.). Her amendment would repeal the 1099 tax reporting requirement in the healthcare law. As we noted late yesterday, this amendment has a chance, as both parties want to kill the 1099 requirement, and Democrats seem to be putting forward 1099 repeal as an alternative to McConnell's bill.

But there are several other amendments that will have to be decided; 16 amendments have been put forward so far. Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.) has his own 1099 repeal amendment that he will fight to include, although it is very similar to Stabenow's. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) also has a 1099 repeal amendment.

Another amendment from Sen. Roger WickerRoger WickerMenendez rails against Puerto Rico bill for 4 hours on floor Rubio will run for reelection Lawmakers push first responder network on rural service MORE (R-Miss.), S.A. 14, would deny Transportation Security Administration employees the collective bargaining rights other federal employees have.

And another from Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseFree speech threatened in Democratic platform Week ahead: Reg advocates hitting back at GOP agenda The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-R.I.), S.A. 8, would make it a crime to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. Whitehouse's amendment would allow fines, prison terms of up to five years or both to those who direct laser pointers at airplanes.

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