U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) took his fight to repeal a new federal tax on medical devices to the national airwaves and the opinion page of a newspaper with a national readership last week.
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Hugh Hewitt Interview
Paulsen, who represents Minnesota's Third Congressional District, told syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt that Minnesota has 400 medical-device companies—including 200 medical-device firms in the Third Congressional District, which includes all or parts of Maple Grove, Edina, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and Minnetonka and other Lake Minnetonka cities, among others.
Washington Post Letter
Paulsen cowrote a letter to the editor responding to a Washington Post editorial titled “Misguided bipartisanship” that he and U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) said "missed the importance of repealing the medical-device tax":
Medical-device makers represent a high-tech, manufacturing-based industry that largely consists of small and mid-size businesses. It provides high-paying jobs for 400,000 Americans and is one of the few U.S. manufacturing industries successfully exporting its products around the world. Protecting jobs and innovation for patients in this important sector has been a bipartisan issue.
Rybak Rallies Gun-Control Advocates
Paulsen was the target of a gun-control press conference and rally at the Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak called on Paulsen's constituents to urge him to support universal background checks for gun buyers. Rybak was joined by Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight http://plymouth-mn.patch.com/admin/articles/newand John Souter, the one person who was injured but not killed in the 2012 shooting rampage at Accent Signage in Minneapolis.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen represents Minnesota's Third Congressional District, which includes all or parts of Maple Grove, Edina, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and Minnetonka and other Lake Minnetonka cities, among others. This is a weekly roundup of news from the Third Congressional District.