Sen. Johanns warns amending 1099 repeal puts repeal at risk

The Senate today is expected to consider his amendment, the so-called 1099 repeal, which would eliminate the tax-reporting language from last year's healthcare bill. The Johanns amendment to the small business legislation under consideration in the Senate is the same as a House-approved bill.

But Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezOvernight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers Senate narrowly rejects new FBI surveillance Kaine, Murphy push extension of Iran sanctions MORE (D-NJ) is expected to offer a second-degree amendment that would require a study on the effects of the repeal on small companies. The Menendez language reflects Democratic complaints that Republicans are proposing to "pay for" the $19 billion cost of repeal by increasing the amount of health insurance subsidies that could be recaptured in cases where a family's income exceed certain thresholds.

Democrats say this is a tax increase on families, but Republicans say it is just the repeal of a subsidy. Johanns today said Democratic complaints are "hollow," because Democrats themselves approved a similar pay-for that recaptured more healthcare subsidies.

"So arguments about the pay-for simply are hollow excuses to justify inaction," he said. "And our job creators are seeing it for what it really is -- it's nonsense."

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Say NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back MORE (D-Nev.) said earlier that he expects a vote on the 1099 repeal issue at some point on Tuesday.

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