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California Congressional Delegation Strongly Favors Full Repeal of Medical Device Tax
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Feb. 18, 2017

Given the medical device excise tax’s disproportionate impact in California – our state’s 1,714 medical technology companies employing 75,000 people rank the state first in the country in medical tech employment – CLSA has been a leading advocate in support of its full repeal. In the 115th Congress, CLSA continues to advocate for a full and permanent repeal of the medical device excise tax.

To this end, CLSA is proud to support H.R. 184, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, legislation to fully and permanently repeal the 2.3% medical device excise tax that was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act.

On Jan. 4, 2017, Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) reintroduced the bill with a significant 222 bipartisan original cosponsors. The bill currently has 245 bipartisan cosponsors, including 23 members of the California congressional delegation: Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Sacramento), Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-San Fernando Valley), Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley), Rep. Lou Correa* (D-Santa Ana), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Temecula), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Rep. Ro Khanna* (D-Fremont), Rep. Steve Knight (R-Simi Valley), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Redding), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Roseville), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Clovis), Rep. Scott Peters (D-La Jolla), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), Rep. Ed Royce (R-Brea), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Menlo Park), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton), Rep. David Valadao (R-Bakersfield) and Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).

* Notably, CLSA was successful in confirming two new cosponsors from amongst our incoming delegation members – Reps. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) confirmed over the winter recess prior to taking office that they would offer their support for the bill as original cosponsors.

CLSA’s press release lauding reintroduction is available here, and an article in MassDevice including our full statement in an article on the legislation, alongside one from our partner national organization, AdvaMed, is available here.

Further, CLSA was proud to support two bipartisan letters from newer members of Congress expressing strong support for the device tax repeal. On Feb. 7, a bipartisan sophomore class letter led by Rep. Mimi Walters and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) was sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) calling for swift action on H.R. 184. The letter was cosigned by 29 bipartisan members of the sophomore class, including California sophomore Reps. Pete Aguilar and Steve Knight, both of whom are original cosponsors of the bill. A similar letter led by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) was sent last month with 18 bipartisan cosigners from the freshman class, including California freshman Rep. Lou Correa, who is also an original cosponsor of the bill. The freshman class letter is available here, and the sophomore class letter is available here.

Questions? Please contact Jenny Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Alliance Development (jcarey@califesciences.org).