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A latest attempt to repeal the medical device tax with an amendment to the small business tax falls short in the Senate; Sen. Scott Brown stumps on the floor of the upper house for repeal.

MassDevice.com coverage of the medical device tax

An effort to insert an amendment repealing the medical device tax into a Democrat-backed bill that would extend tax cuts to small business, fell short in the Senate Thursday, as GOP leaders stepped up efforts to sink the 2.3% levy ahead of its January 2013 implementation.

The amendment to S.2237, or the "Small Business Jobs & Tax Relief Act," sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), did not survive as members of the upper house voted to end debate. GOP lawmakers later prevailed in blocking a vote on the entire bill.

Hatch currently has 29 co-sponsors to a separate med-tech tax bill, S.17: Medical Device Access & Innovation Protection Act, which would repeal the tax outright.

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