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Republicans' Proposal to Repeal Health Care Law Defeated

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Democrats Wednesday shot down an attempt by Republicans to repeal the controversial new health care law.

Senators voted strictly along party lines -- 51 to 47 -- on the repeal: Every Republican supported repeal, while every Democrat who voted opposed repeal. Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Mark Warner, D-Va, missed the vote.

The repeal needed 60 votes to advance past a so-called budget point of order in the Senate, something that was never likely to happen, given the Democrats' majority in the upper chamber of Congress.

Ultimately, just getting the repeal to a Senate vote was a victory for Republicans. The GOP, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, insisted on a Senate vote to repeal the law after the Republican-controlled House voted to do so last month.

When Democrats brought the $35 billion Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill to the Senate floor -- touting it as "the first jobs bill" of the new Congress, one that would save or create an estimated 280,000 jobs -- Republicans attempted to attach the repeal of the health care law as an amendment. Democrats protested on the grounds of a budget point of order, because it would add to the deficit, which led to today's vote.

While the repeal failed to advance, senators did move forward with an effort to change the much-maligned 1099 provision of the health care law, which critics say would impose an onerous reporting burden on businesses. An amendment from Sen.Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to scrap the 1099 mandate from the law advanced by a vote of 81-17.

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