S. 1697 - Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

Health. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to provide an exception from certain group health plan requirements to allow small businesses to use pre-tax dollars to assist employees in the purchase of policies in the individual health insurance market, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

S. 1697 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to provide an exception from certain group health plan requirements to allow small businesses to use pre-tax dollars to assist employees in the purchase of policies in the individual health insurance market, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to provide an exception from certain group health plan requirements to allow small businesses to use pre-tax dollars to assist employees in the purchase of policies in the individual health insurance market, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Small Business Healthcare Relief Act
  • Small Business Healthcare Relief Act
Sponsor
Chuck Grassley
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Health
  • Employee benefits and pensions
  • Health care costs and insurance
  • Health care coverage and access
  • Income tax credits
  • Income tax exclusion
  • Medicare
  • Small business
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced6/25/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced6/25/2015
6/25/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
6/25/2015Introduced in Senate
5/18/2016Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 114-675.
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Contributions

  1. November - December 2010 For $152,700 Against $0
  2. January - February 2011 For $331,046 Against $0
  3. March - April 2011 For $1,143,256 Against $0
  4. May - June 2011 For $1,052,374 Against $0
  5. July - August 2011 For $573,711 Against $0
  6. September - October 2011 For $927,390 Against $0
  7. November - December 2011 For $911,376 Against $0
  8. January - February 2012 For $593,814 Against $0
  9. March - April 2012 For $1,015,606 Against $0
  10. May - June 2012 For $1,228,385 Against $0
  11. July - August 2012 For $1,013,211 Against $0
  12. September - October 2012 For $2,042,927 Against $0
  13. November - December 2012 For $252,953 Against $0
  14. January - February 2013 For $344,079 Against $0
  15. March - April 2013 For $1,196,298 Against $0
  16. May - June 2013 For $1,279,163 Against $0
  17. July - August 2013 For $652,837 Against $0
  18. September - October 2013 For $1,075,232 Against $0
  19. November - December 2013 For $1,153,603 Against $0
  20. January - February 2014 For $682,906 Against $0
  21. March - April 2014 For $1,577,747 Against $0
  22. May - June 2014 For $1,760,233 Against $0
  23. July - August 2014 For $1,433,767 Against $0
  24. September - October 2014 For $2,786,158 Against $0
  25. November - December 2014 For $520,906 Against $0
  26. January - February 2015 For $540,744 Against $0
  27. March - April 2015 For $1,257,665 Against $0
  28. May - June 2015 For $1,175,306 Against $0
  29. July - August 2015 For $633,120 Against $0
  30. September - October 2015 For $930,800 Against $0
  31. November - December 2015 For $756,493 Against $0
  32. January - February 2016 For $727,684 Against $0
  33. March - April 2016 For $1,217,376 Against $0
  34. May - June 2016 For $1,676,672 Against $0
  35. July - August 2016 For $1,190,829 Against $0
  36. September - October 2016 For $1,452,208 Against $0
  37. November - December 2016 For $75,219 Against $0

Votes

    38 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

    38 organizations supported this bill

    American Dental Association
    American Dental Association (2015, September 16). Association thanks legislators for Small Business Healthcare Relief Act. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from American Dental Association.
    American Farm Bureau Federation
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    American Hotel & Lodging Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    American Rental Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    American Supply Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    Associated Builders and Contractors
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    Associated General Contractors of America
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    Auto Care Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    California Restaurant Association
    Undersigned organizations (2016, February 26). HRA Coalition Support Letter. Retrieved February 29, 2016, from Office of Senator Chuck Grassley.
    Communicating for America
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    Council for Affordable Health Coverage
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    Evolution1
    undersigned organizations (2015, December 4). Letter to Bipartisan Leaders. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from SBE Council.
    Family Business Coalition
    Undersigned organizations (2016, February 26). HRA Coalition Support Letter. Retrieved February 29, 2016, from Office of Senator Chuck Grassley.
    Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International
    undersigned organizations (2015, December 4). Letter to Bipartisan Leaders. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from SBE Council.
    International Franchise Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    Latino Coalition
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    National Association for the Self-Employed
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    National Association of Home Builders
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    National Association of Manufacturers
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    National Association of the Remodeling Industry
    Undersigned organizations (2016, February 26). HRA Coalition Support Letter. Retrieved February 29, 2016, from Office of Senator Chuck Grassley.
    National Association of Towns and Townships
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    National Club Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    National Federation of Independent Business
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    National Grange
    undersigned organizations (2015, December 4). Letter to Bipartisan Leaders. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from SBE Council.
    National Restaurant Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    National Retail Federation
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    National Small Business Association
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    Retail Industry Leaders Association
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades
    Undersigned organizations (2016, February 26). HRA Coalition Support Letter. Retrieved February 29, 2016, from Office of Senator Chuck Grassley.
    Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    Small Business Council of America
    undersigned organizations (2015, December 4). Letter to Bipartisan Leaders. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from SBE Council.
    Small Business Legislative Council
    undersigned organizations (2015, December 4). Letter to Bipartisan Leaders. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from SBE Council.
    Small Business Majority
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    Society of American Florists
    Undersigned organizations (2015, September 17). ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Associated Builders and Contractors.
    Tire Industry Association
    Tire Industry Association (2015, July 27). July 27, 2015 Weekly Legislative Update. Retrieved October 2, 2015, from Tire Industry Association.
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.
    Zane Benefits
    Undersigned (2015, July 13). Coalition Letter of Support for H.R. 2911/S. 1697. Retrieved July 22, 2015, from NSBA.

    0 organizations opposed this bill

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    Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
    Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$361,681$0
    Kelly AyotteRNH$689,277$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$234,232$0
    John BarrassoRWY$209,983$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$497,834$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$204,796$0
    Roy BluntRMO$788,690$0
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$486,678$0
    John BoozmanRAR$174,050$0
    Barbara BoxerDCA$16,450$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$370,406$0
    Richard BurrRNC$554,654$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$191,416$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$387,962$0
    Ben CardinDMD$342,955$0
    Tom CarperDDE$167,535$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$311,363$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$837,936$0
    Daniel CoatsRIN$69,500$0
    William Thad CochranRMS$304,453$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$315,383$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$152,300$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$610,203$0
    John CornynRTX$694,211$0
    Tom CottonRAR$580,507$0
    Mike CrapoRID$197,825$0
    Ted CruzRTX$687,116$0
    Steve DainesRMT$470,379$0
    Joe DonnellyDIN$185,592$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$355,651$0
    Mike EnziRWY$192,200$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$203,249$0
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$198,857$0
    Deb FischerRNE$258,418$0
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$538,407$0
    Al FrankenDMN$231,667$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$702,770$0
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$402,790$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$405,620$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$284,620$0
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$614,825$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$148,444$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$117,905$0
    Dean HellerRNV$540,106$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$245,022$0
    John HoevenRND$129,541$0
    Jim InhofeROK$147,228$0
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$530,959$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$738,686$0
    Tim KaineDVA$622,569$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$109,008$0
    Mark KirkRIL$407,951$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$295,929$0
    James LankfordROK$467,111$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$92,390$0
    Mike LeeRUT$178,007$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$218,650$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$333,493$0
    John McCainRAZ$541,961$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$417,834$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$1,152,444$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$671,929$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$122,978$0
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$35,300$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$315,000$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$252,017$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$362,737$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$313,996$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$389,838$0
    Rand PaulRKY$287,038$0
    David PerdueRGA$481,000$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$389,069$0
    Rob PortmanROH$1,045,923$0
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$128,525$0
    Harry ReidDNV$154,899$0
    Jim RischRID$73,700$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$395,340$0
    Mike RoundsRSD$297,379$0
    Marco RubioRFL$1,026,295$0
    Bernie SandersIVT$45,725$0
    Ben SasseRNE$244,860$0
    Brian SchatzDHI$425,364$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$705,310$0
    Tim ScottRSC$749,178$0
    Jeff SessionsRAL$88,850$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$308,356$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$123,100$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$436,418$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$385,735$0
    Jon TesterDMT$239,334$0
    John ThuneRSD$343,240$0
    Thom TillisRNC$676,095$0
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$873,236$0
    Tom UdallDNM$177,905$0
    David VitterRLA$114,850$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$546,555$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$489,129$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$105,073$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$166,410$0
    Ron WydenDOR$428,429$0

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    Legislator Filters
    NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$361,681$0
    Kelly AyotteRNH$689,277$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$234,232$0
    John BarrassoRWY$209,983$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$497,834$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$204,796$0
    Roy BluntRMO$788,690$0
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$486,678$0
    John BoozmanRAR$174,050$0
    Barbara BoxerDCA$16,450$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$370,406$0
    Richard BurrRNC$554,654$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$191,416$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$387,962$0
    Ben CardinDMD$342,955$0
    Tom CarperDDE$167,535$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$311,363$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$837,936$0
    Daniel CoatsRIN$69,500$0
    William Thad CochranRMS$304,453$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$315,383$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$152,300$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$610,203$0
    John CornynRTX$694,211$0
    Tom CottonRAR$580,507$0
    Mike CrapoRID$197,825$0
    Ted CruzRTX$687,116$0
    Steve DainesRMT$470,379$0
    Joe DonnellyDIN$185,592$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$355,651$0
    Mike EnziRWY$192,200$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$203,249$0
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$198,857$0
    Deb FischerRNE$258,418$0
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$538,407$0
    Al FrankenDMN$231,667$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$702,770$0
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$402,790$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$405,620$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$284,620$0
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$614,825$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$148,444$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$117,905$0
    Dean HellerRNV$540,106$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$245,022$0
    John HoevenRND$129,541$0
    Jim InhofeROK$147,228$0
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$530,959$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$738,686$0
    Tim KaineDVA$622,569$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$109,008$0
    Mark KirkRIL$407,951$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$295,929$0
    James LankfordROK$467,111$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$92,390$0
    Mike LeeRUT$178,007$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$218,650$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$333,493$0
    John McCainRAZ$541,961$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$417,834$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$1,152,444$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$671,929$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$122,978$0
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$35,300$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$315,000$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$252,017$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$362,737$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$313,996$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$389,838$0
    Rand PaulRKY$287,038$0
    David PerdueRGA$481,000$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$389,069$0
    Rob PortmanROH$1,045,923$0
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$128,525$0
    Harry ReidDNV$154,899$0
    Jim RischRID$73,700$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$395,340$0
    Mike RoundsRSD$297,379$0
    Marco RubioRFL$1,026,295$0
    Bernie SandersIVT$45,725$0
    Ben SasseRNE$244,860$0
    Brian SchatzDHI$425,364$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$705,310$0
    Tim ScottRSC$749,178$0
    Jeff SessionsRAL$88,850$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$308,356$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$123,100$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$436,418$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$385,735$0
    Jon TesterDMT$239,334$0
    John ThuneRSD$343,240$0
    Thom TillisRNC$676,095$0
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$873,236$0
    Tom UdallDNM$177,905$0
    David VitterRLA$114,850$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$546,555$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$489,129$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$105,073$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$166,410$0
    Ron WydenDOR$428,429$0

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Business services$6,782,239
    Restaurants & drinking establishments$5,392,834
    Public works, industrial & commercial construction$3,831,210
    Hotels & motels$3,225,273
    Dentists$2,892,025
    Residential construction$2,287,322
    Health care services$2,276,678
    Health, Education & Human Resources$1,301,294
    Truck/Automotive parts & accessories$1,010,590
    Gasoline service stations$1,010,372
    Retail trade$815,174
    Amusement/recreation centers$690,829
    General business associations$683,423
    Manufacturing$635,786
    Minority/Ethnic Groups$612,336
    Equipment rental & leasing$605,597
    Plumbing, heating & air conditioning$547,888
    Florists & Nursery Services$492,237
    Builders associations$431,550
    Small business associations$392,318
    Plumbing & pipe products$374,644
    Chambers of commerce$358,176
    Wholesale trade$331,305
    Agriculture$189,296
    Farm bureaus$165,148
    Municipal & county government organizations$250
    Business tax coalitions$0

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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