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Senate fails to repeal health law tax provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate has failed to repeal a tax provision of the new health care law that even the White House isn’t happy with.

Tucked into the law is a requirement that businesses file tax forms called 1099s for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods. Business groups say it would create a paperwork nightmare for more than 40 million companies.

The procedural vote was defeated 46-52 and came on an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., that would have repealed the reporting provision. But it fell short of a required 60-vote majority. Lawmakers have been unable to agree on how to fill a $19 billion revenue gap from repealing the requirement.

The rule goes into effect in 2012.