GOP lawmaker huddles with Boehner on repeal of medical device tax

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That discussion suggests Boehner is committed to passing Paulsen's medical device tax bill this month — despite opposition from President Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill.

The legislation, which has bipartisan support in the House and Senate, has become a part of the discussion on the government shutdown and the nation's debt limit.

In an interview with The Hill, Paulsen said, "I spoke to the Speaker [Wednesday] personally on [the measure]."

Paulsen, who believes his bill could be attached to an increase to the nation's debt ceiling, said the tax has significantly hurt the economy.

The White House and Senate Democratic leaders support a "clean" government funding bill and have resisted Boehner's effort to repeal the medical device tax.

Paulsen's legislation has 263 co-sponsors, including 38 Democrats.