Medical Device Tax Repeal Excised From Latest House Plan on Debt Limit

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House Republican leaders wavered on fighting the Affordable Care Act's tax on medical devices, proffering a two-year delay in their initial proposal to reopen the government and raise the nation's debt limit, then abandoning the provision by the end of the day.
The push against the tax fell as conservative House Republicans expressed objections and Senate Democratic leaders refused to consider it directly as part of a deal.
The tax delay was part of the initial proposal Oct. 15, lawmakers emerging from a morning meeting of congressional Republicans told reporters. By mid-afternoon, after meetings among a handful of lawmakers and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), leaders removed the provision, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters.
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