In a move welcomed by construction groups and other business organizations, Congress has cleared a bill to repeal a tax-reporting provision of last year's health-care law.

Final congressional approval came on April 5, when the Senate passed the measure on a 87-12 vote. The House had approved the bill on March 3.

The measure now goes to the White House for President Obama's expected signature.

After the Senate vote, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement saying that "we are pleased Congress has acted to correct a flaw that placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses."

The requirement is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in March 2010. It requires companies to file a tax Form 1099 with the Internal Revenue Service for annual purchases from suppliers or vendors of $600 or more.

Construction groups such as the Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors criticized the provision, contending it posed a paperwork burden for businesses.

Geoff Burr, ABC vice president for federal affairs, has referred to the reporting mandate as a "compliance nightmare."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations also lobbied to have the "1099" provision repealed.