Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement after his legislation to repeal the new 2.3% excise tax on American-made medical devices gained its 218th cosponsor, giving the bill enough support to pass the U.S. House.
"The message from the House is clear: it's time to repeal the medical device tax," said Rep. Paulsen. "Not only is repeal important to the 400,000 Americans whose jobs this vital industry supports, but for the countless patients and consumers who benefit from the life-saving and life-improving technologies developed by our nation's medical device innovators. Last year, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation repealing the tax, and I'm confident we'll do so again. Now it's time for the U.S. Senate to follow the House's lead, vote to repeal this onerous tax, and ensure the continued leadership of American medical device manufacturing."
In June, the entire Minnesota delegation voted for Rep. Paulsen's bill to repeal the medical device tax. Listen to Rep. Paulsen's recent interview regarding medical device tax repeal on the Hugh Hewitt Show.
Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus.