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NFIB Key Senate Votes: 112th Congress
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
The new healthcare law required businesses to send Form 1099s for every business-to-business transaction of $600 or more for both property and services—creating a tremendous new paperwork compliance burden for small business. The small business community made full repeal of the 1099 reporting provision a major priority and strongly supported S.AMDT.9, which fully repeals this new provision (Sec. 9006) from the recently enacted healthcare law. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
NFIB supported S.AMDT.13, S.223 To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The amendment would fully repeal the Obama administration’s healthcare law and healthcare-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The amendment failed with a party-line vote of 47-51. WHAT MEMBERS SAID: According to NFIB's 2008 Small Business Problems and Priorities, the cost of health insurance ranked as the most important issue facing small business owners. In a 2006 Member Ballot (Vol. 547), 92 percent of NFIB members opposed a payroll tax or other sanction on businesses that do not provide health insurance to their employees. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
S. 223, On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 19 - To limit the application of the Davis-Bacon Act in the case of projects funded under this Act (Preferred position: NAY) Motion brought by Sen. Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) to table the Paul amendment (S. Amdt. 19) that would restrict the use of funds authorized by the bill for projects subject to prevailing wage rates under the Davis-Bacon Act. Motion passed with a vote of 55-42. N Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported H.R. 4, which would repeal the health care law’s 1099 tax reporting requirements. The bill passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 87- 12. The 1099 provision, which would have raised $19 billion to help pay for health reform, would have required business owners to file a tax reporting document for all vendors from which they buy $600 worth of goods or services within a year. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
The FREEDOM Act creates stronger protections for small business in the federal regulatory process. The bill expands the scope of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) by requiring federal regulators to include an analysis of the indirect impact of federal regulations on the small business sector. The bill also creates a stratified process to add new agencies to the small business advocacy review panel process as created by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). NFIB considers today’s vote a “Key Vote” due to the high level of concern among small businesses on regulatory issues. Not having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, the amendment was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote of 53 - 46. Roll call: /roll_call_lists/ m? congress=112&session=1&vote=00 087 Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
H.J. Res 66: On the Amendment S. Amdt. 610 – Duplicative Government Programs (Preferred position: YEA) This amendment, introduced by Sen. Coburn (R-Okla.), would direct the Office of Management and Budget to coordinate with department and agency officials, within 150 days, to eliminate and consolidate duplicative government programs identified in a March 2011 Government Accountability Office Report. OMB would be required to find about $7 billion in spending recessions. The amendment was rejected 54-45. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
On passage of H.R. 674: Contractor Withholding Repeal (Preferred position: YEA) This bill would repeal a requirement for federal, state and certain local governments to withhold 3 percent of payments to contractors. It would also provide tax incentives to hire unemployed veterans. The withholding provisions would be offset by counting Social Security benefits as income in an eligibility formula for certain health benefits, including Medicaid and subsidies to purchase health insurance on state-run exchanges, established under the 2010 healthcare overhaul law. Passed with a vote of 95-0. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
S. 1867: Small Business Research – Final Passage. A bill to reauthorize and improve the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, and for other purposes. Motion agreed to 93-7. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
– S.J. Res. 10 – Balanced Budget Amendment (Preferred position: YEA) S.J. Res. 10 was a joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Rejected by a vote of 47-53. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
S.J.RES.36: NFIB strongly supported this resolution of disapproval that would have overturned the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush elections” rule. Resolution failed 45-54. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
NFIB supported S.Amdt. 2573, sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch. The amendment would have extended for an additional year the current individual income tax rates, as well as those for capital gains, dividends and the estate tax. It also would have extended the alternative minimum tax (known as AMT) patch for both 2012 and 2013. The amendment failed 45-54. NFIB’s preferred position: YEA. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 36%
Symbol Key:
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Y Voted YES N Voted NO
- Did Not Vote A Absent
T Paired Vote Z Presiding
P Voted PRESENT    

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