Congress voted before to repeal medical device tax

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Associated Press

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 28 at 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are insisting on repealing a medical device tax as a condition for keeping the government open.

Lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol already have overwhelmingly rejected this tax. But those earlier votes didn't count.

The White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have said they wouldn't let Republicans make it a bargaining chip in averting a government shutdown on Tuesday.

That didn't stop Republicans from putting that chip on the table Saturday.

Reid says through a spokesman that the idea of repealing the tax as part of an anti-shutdown bill is "stupid."

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