Sen. Ayotte fights the device tax in 140 characters or less

March 22, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) takes to Twitter to decry the medical device tax from Capitol Hill as her fellow Senators argue for repeal.

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) didn't get a chance to voice her concerns about the medical device tax during yesterday's Senate hearing, taking instead to Twitter to express her opposition in 140 characters or less.

Fellow Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) each took turns at the podium decrying the medical device tax and calling for its repeal during a Senate hearing on the new continuing budget resolution initiative. Meanwhile, Ayotte sent a series of tweets about the harm the tax could do to innovation and business in the Granite State.

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Shortly after the presentations, the Senate passed a non-binding amendment to repeal the medical device tax, which Ayotte also touted on Twitter.

"Sen voted 79-20 to provide for repeal of med device tax-a step in the rt direction. I will continue fight to roll back this job-killing tax," she tweeted.

The measure, proposed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), is a non-binding amendment contained in a the Senate's continuing budget resolution, but the largely symbolic win may be an important step forward for opponents of the medical device tax.

Ayotte has stumped against the levy before. Nearly a year ago to the day, she reaffirmed her commitment to repealing the levy during a tour of medtech companies in New Hampshire, calling the tax "burdensome" and vowing to support efforts to strike the measure.