U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after he voted in favor of measures repealing the onerous 1099 provision that would hurt small businesses.
"I don't think that throwing out the good parts of this bill, like helping seniors afford prescription drugs or ending discrimination against people with preexisting conditions, makes good common sense," Manchin said. "That's why I have repeatedly said that we should make every effort to work together on repairing this bill before we start talking about repealing it."
"In that spirit, I am encouraged tonight that my colleagues put politics aside and started this repair effort by first supporting efforts to repeal the onerous 1099 provision. We should next work on commonsense legislative options to repair the individual mandate."
* Senator Manchin cosponsored and voted in favor of Amendment 9, introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow, which would repeal the 1099 provision while protecting funds for the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration. A procedural motion to advance the measure passed, 81-17 and the amendment was later agreed to by consent
* Senator Manchin voted in favor of Amendment 28, introduced by Senator Carl Levin, which would have repealed the 1099 provision and closed loopholes for oil and gas companies. The measure failed, 44-54.
* Senator Manchin voted against a motion introduced by Senator Mitch McConnell to waive the Budget Act for McConnell's Amendment 13 to repeal health care reform. The measure failed, 47-51.