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With Bipartisan Support, House Clears Paulsen Medical Device Tax Repeal

WASHINGTONThe House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) that permanently repeals the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on medical devices. The bill, called the Protect Medical Innovation Act, was passed by a vote of 283-132, including 57 Democrat supporters.

“Minnesota’s innovators can breathe easier since we’re one step closer to ending the medical device tax for good,” said Congressman Paulsen. “Today’s vote shows strong bipartisan support for lifting this burden on innovators in an industry so important to Minnesota. I’m more optimistic than ever we’ll be successful in giving these job creators the certainty and predictability they need to thrive.”

Minnesota has one of the nation’s largest medical device sectors and has been disproportionately harmed by the tax. More than 35,000 Minnesotans at more than 700 different companies are employed by the medical device sector. Eighty percent of medical device companies have less than 50 employees and 93 percent have less than 500 employees.

“Today's vote is a win for American innovation, American jobs, and most of all for American patients, who benefit from the life-changing innovations our industry produces every day,”said Scott Whittaker, President and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). “We commend Rep. Erik Paulsen and a number of leaders from both sides of the aisle for their commitment to permanently repealing this onerous tax and for working to ensure our member companies have the long-term certainty they need to invest in R&D, hiring and other capital improvements to create the next-generation of treatments and cures.”

Paulsen has long been Congress’ leading advocate for repeal of the device tax.