A bipartisan bill in the Senate that would repeal the unpopular 1099 provision in the healthcare law garnered 60 co-sponsors on Thursday, giving the legislation its best chance at passage so far.
Since Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinGreens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes Poll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (D-W.Va.) and 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.) introduced the bill on Tuesday, lawmakers have quickly signed onto the measure, which would eliminate the requirement that businesses file the forms to the IRS for every vendor with which they have at least $600 in transactions.
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Johanns failed twice last year to push through a bill, even though Democrats, Republicans and the White House agreed that the provisions would place an "onerous burden" on businesses.
He credited President Obama's backing of the repeal, combined with lawmakers learning about the issue, for his bill's fast popularity in the 112th Congress.
"We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses," Obama said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
In the past, a battle has ensued over how to pay for the measure and cover about $19 billion in estimated lost revenue.
The Johanns bill authorizes the Office of Management and Budget to identify unobligated federal funds to cover the cost of repeal.
With 60 members backing the measure, Johanns said he's looking for a vehicle to which to attach his bill as an amendment as soon as possible.
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The full list of co-sponsors:
• Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderA guide to the committees: Senate Overnight Healthcare: Trump officials weigh fate of birth control mandate | House, DOJ seek delay in ObamaCare lawsuit House, Justice Department ask for delay in ObamaCare lawsuit MORE (R-Tenn.)
• Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteLewandowski saw no evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire NH governor 'not aware’ of major voter fraud Former NH AG: 'Allegations of voter fraud in NH are baseless' MORE (R-N.H.)
• Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
• Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
• Sen. John BoozmanJohn BoozmanA guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget MORE (R-Ark.)
• Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)
• Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
• Sen. Dan CoatsDan CoatsTrump's pick for intel chief to get hearing next week Senate Intel head in the dark about Trump intelligence review DNI confirmation hearing expected on Senate return MORE (R-Ind.)
• Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP senator: Flynn should testify on Russia Greens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes GOP healthcare plans push health savings account expansion MORE (R-Maine)
• Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)
• Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziA guide to the committees: Senate GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget Grizzlies, guns, and games of gotcha: How the left whiffed on Betsy DeVos MORE (R-Wyo.)
• Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
• Sen. John HoevenJohn HoevenA guide to the committees: Senate GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget Dem senator: DeVos bigger threat to education than grizzlies MORE (R-N.D.)
• Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
• Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonA guide to the committees: Senate GOP rep on Trump: 'God has used imperfect people to do great things before' GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget MORE (R-Ga.)
• Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
• Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
• Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.)
• Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
• Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
• Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPoll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch Cardboard cutouts take place of absent lawmakers at town halls GOP groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers over ObamaCare MORE (R-Ky.)
• Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiA guide to the committees: Senate Public lands dispute costs Utah a major trade show Oprah's network provides Senate with tape of abuse allegations by Puzder's ex-wife: report MORE (R-Alaska)
• Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)
• Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
• Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
• Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsWhite House to roll back transgender protections The Hill's 12:30 Report 100 women get matching 'nevertheless, she persisted' tattoos at Minneapolis shop MORE (R-Ala.)
• Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
• Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
• Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
• Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)
• Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
• Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.)
• Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
• Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.)