Senate Dems say tax repeal has no chance there

As the House of Representatives moves toward a vote on a bill to repeal the 2.3% tax on U.S. medical device sales, Senate Democrats say a similar resolution has no hope in the other chamber, Associated Press reports. The repeal bill cleared the House Ways and Means Committee last week, and Republican leadership has enough votes to get the measure through the House. However, because the measure is likely to fail in the Senate, the debate is largely an issue of political posturing, according to the AP​, with Republicans seeking to score an election-year boost by saying they're fighting to save jobs and cut taxes, and Democrats claiming their opponents seek only to chip away at the Affordable Health Care Act. Meanwhile, Cook Medical has joined the chorus of devicemakers asking Congress to get behind the repeal before the tax takes effect in January. News | Cook statement

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