Pressure mounts on House leaders to allow device tax repeal vote

House Republican leaders face pressure from their sizeable freshman class to allow action on a bill that would repeal the 2.3% medical device tax. The National Journal reports that the nearly 40-member freshman class is pushing for a vote on the bill, which has been stuck in the House Ways and Means Committee for months. As the story notes, the measure has 259 cosponsors on both sides of the aisle, but Republicans' broader strategy to address revenue has delayed action. In March, the Senate approved a non-binding measure by a wide margin expressing support for a repeal of the tax, which is designed to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. Even if Congress ultimately passes a tax repeal bill, however, President Obama will almost certainly veto it. Story