Group seeks to repeal compliance rule for small businesses

"This new paperwork burden will be a nightmare for small-business owners," the group's communication states. "Small-business owners know what the impact of this mandate will be — like crushing costs and more time and effort devoted to paperwork and compliance efforts rather than expanding business opportunities and growing revenues."

However, efforts to repeal the mandate have derailed after the Senate on Wednesday night failed to reach an agreement on how to proceed with the small-business jobs bill. Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsLobbying World To buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops MORE (R-Neb.) sought to amend the proposal with a measure repealing the mandate that is a part of the new healthcare law.

House Small Business Committee ranking member Sam GravesSam GravesA guide to the committees: House Trump’s infrastructure plan: What we know Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (R-Mo.) is also looking to repeal the mandate.

Last month, Graves sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman expressing strong concerns about how the mandate might negatively affect businesses and requested information on how the agency plans to help employers comply with the law. Shulman has yet to comply with that request.