Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), released the following statement after voting against the Senate deal regarding the fiscal cliff:
"When I first ran for Congress, I said that Washington was broken. Unfortunately, that is still the case. The Senate deal fails to bring any meaningful solution to reign in government spending or reduce the budget deficit. At a time when Washington borrows 46-cents on every dollar it spends, we need a long term solution to cut spending and fundamentally reform our outdated tax code.
"It's unconscionable that the Senate chose to give hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to industries like Hollywood and NASCAR, but chose not to stop the devastating new tax on the life-saving and life-improving medical device industry. The medical device tax, which took effect yesterday, will harm one of Minnesota's true success stories and threaten its 35,000 high quality jobs."
Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus.
For more information on Rep. Paulsen's work in Congress visit www.paulsen.house.gov.