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Senators introduce their medical device tax repeal bill

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators, including Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, introduced their version of a medical device tax repeal bill on Thursday.

The bill is identical to the House version, which Rep. Erik Paulsen introduced on Wednesday. The legislation would repeal the 2.3 percent tax on medical device company revenues levied as part of the Affordable Care Act. The tax kicked in last month.

Klobuchar wrote the bill with Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. The legislation has eight co-sponsors — four Democrats and four Republicans. Paulsen's House bill already has 178 co-sponsors, including 20 Democrats.

The House passed Paulsen's bill last summer, but it stalled in the Senate despite a late call from some members to delay implementation of the tax. The White House has opposed repeal.

It seems likely that a final device tax repeal bill could get unanimous support from the Minnesota delegation — everyone but Reps. Collin Peterson and Keith Ellison have sponsored the legislation, and both voted for it in the House last year.

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