Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today lauded the passage of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would repeal the medical device tax, and he called on the Senate to take quick action on the legislation. Donnelly has long supported repeal of the medical device tax, including as a cosponsor of the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act. In 2015, Donnelly pushed for and helped get enacted a two-year suspension of the tax, and helped pass another two year suspension in 2018.
Donnelly said, “I have long pushed for a repeal of the medical device tax because it would benefit the hardworking Hoosiers who make these innovative products, as well as the patients who use them to improve their quality of life. I applaud the House of Representatives for again taking action to repeal the medical device tax and am hopeful that the Senate will quickly vote on the bipartisan legislation so that we can get it to President Trump’s desk.”
Indiana is home to many innovative medical device companies, which together employ more than 20,000 Hoosiers. Indiana ranked second in the nation in export of life science products, which include medical device products, according to a Biocrossroads report released March 2018.