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Durbin: Medical-Device Tax on the Table

Senator Dick Durbin suggested that Democrats would be willing to negotiate on the medical-device tax as part of an effort to end the government shutdown.

“It’s conceivable some aspect of [the health-care law] would be” up for negotiation, the Illinois senator said on CNN’s New Day on Tuesday morning. “We can work out something, I believe, on the medical-device tax — that was one of the proposals of the Republicans.”

“That’s one thing Republicans want to talk about, let’s sit down and put that on the table,” he added.

Durbin said Democrats would negotiate on the 2.3 percent excise tax as long as the revenue was made up elsewhere.

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