MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The country may have moved on from the federal shutdown in which the medical device tax took center stage, but a group of die-hard legislators from states with large medtech clusters are pressing to repeal the 2.3% levy.
"This is something that leaders of both parties know is a high priority for a number of members, both Democrat and Republican," Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) told USA Today. "It is something that we have assurances will continue to be looked at and get done."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn)., whose state is home to Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), the world’s largest pure-play medical device maker, said repealing the tax will be part of negotiations to forge a larger budget agreement and part of the debate over how to restructure the tax code, the newspaper reported.
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