The Senate voted Monday evening on a competing pair of amendments to repeal the expanded 1099 information reporting requirements that were included in the health care reform bill, but failed for the second time this fall to roll back the controversial requirements.

The provision, which was included in the health care reform bill, would require companies to report on any purchases of goods or services of over $600 from a single vendor during the calendar year to the Internal Revenue Service on a Form 1099-MISC. The dueling amendments, from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., mainly differed in how they would be paid. They were attached to a larger food safety bill, which overcame a procedural hurdle to move forward by a vote of 69-26, shortly before the vote on the amendments.

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