Three Senate Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today asking him to formally begin the legislative process to repeal the 1099 provision.

Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Amy Klobucher (D-MN), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent the letter to the Speaker claiming that since repealing the 1099 provision is a revenue issue, the House must initiate the legislation and pass before the Senate can consider it.  Currently Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) has a bill introduced that would repeal the 1099 provision without an offset.

“We have heard from small business men and women in our states who have voiced concern that this provision is burdensome and unnecessary, and could potentially undermine our nation’s economic recovery,” they wrote.

The issue has become tangled in the debate over repealing the entire health care bill.  The House on Tuesday voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law last year by President Obama and containing the 1099 requirement.  House Republicans have been urging the Senate to act on their repeal bill while they consider piecemeal legislation aimed at weakening the PPACA.