Nelson, Begich suggest using stimulus funds to pay for repeal of 1099 requirement

"I am hearing from Nebraskans that they don’t want to cut wellness programs that help reduce the medical costs for both employers and employees," Nelson said. "Our new proposal would preserve those wellness programs, while also lifting the burden on small businesses in the health reform law.”

The Senate will hold a cloture vote on Tuesday morning on the Johanns amendment. That provision and a Democratic alternative authored by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) probably won't move through the chamber, leaving lawmakers to find another way to repeal the 1099 requirement. 

Nelson has said that he will support various efforts to repeal the new 1099 reporting burdens on small businesses.

"But simply voting for something isn’t enough,” he said. "I am committed to finding a solution that will attract enough votes to pass the Senate and get the job done for Nebraska’s small businesses."