Congressman Tom Emmei’ontinues to push for repeal of the medical device tax. The Minnesota Republican sent a letter to leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging them to address the looming tax in any upcoming spending agreement. The two-point-three-percent excise tax on all medical devices will take effect January 1st. Emmer said,” patients deserve access to life-saving devices, and companies dedicated to providing these innovations should not have their hands tied by this onerous federal tax.” Emmer’s office says 29-thousand jobs were lost when the tax was briefly implemented between 2013 and 2015, and 25 percent of the tax was shouldered by Minnesota businesses. The medical device tax was suspended in 2016.