POLITICS: PennAve

Congress voted before to repeal medical device tax

|
Photo -   House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., walks out of a Republican caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Lawmakers from both parties urged one another in a rare weekend session to give ground in their fight over preventing a federal shutdown, with the midnight Monday deadline fast approaching. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., walks out of a Republican caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Lawmakers from both parties urged one another in a rare weekend session to give ground in their fight over preventing a federal shutdown, with the midnight Monday deadline fast approaching. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Politics,News,Nation,Congress,Health Care,PennAve

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."

View article comments Leave a comment