The Senate today passed legislation that makes possible a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s controversial expansion of the definition of a small employer, a bill hailed by the benefits industry for protecting the small and mid-size businesses they feel the expansion threatens to harm.

The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (PACE) passed the House in a unanimous vote earlier this week. With its passage in the Senate, it now moves to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law, but it is expected to be vetoed.

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