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Rep. Peters Leads 17 Colleagues in Effort to Repeal Harmful Medical Device Excise Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late last week, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) led a group of first and second-term members of the U.S. House of Representatives in calling for a repeal of the harmful medical device excise tax. The letter, sent to House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin, was co-signed by 17 other members.

“Repealing this harmful tax would be a welcome relief for hundreds of innovative job-creators across the country, particularly at a time when job growth is the top priority for the American people. Congress must be supporting the growth of businesses that make these products in America and employ American workers,” Rep. Peters said. “San Diego’s and America’s future economic competitiveness depends on the success of our innovators. Congress needs to support them by repealing this tax.

Signatories to the letter were as follows: Rep. Brad Ashford (NE-02), Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-02), Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35), Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26), Rep. Gwen Graham (FL-02), Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-05), Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06), Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51).

In the 113th Congress, Rep. Peters cosponsored legislation to repeal the tax and voted to repeal it in September 2013. In the 114th Congress, in addition to cosponsoring H.R. 160 which would repeal the tax, Peters has consistently advocated against the job-killing, anti-innovation measure.