LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - U.S. Senator Dan Coats made a stop in Lafayette to discuss a number of issues impacting Hoosiers.
A hot topic the Republican Senator discussed was the medical device tax affecting Hoosier jobs and people who rely on devices like hearing aids or insulin pumps.
"It was an egregious tax on gross sales," Coats said about the proposed tax. "It is very detrimental to Indiana particularly given the number of medical device companies we have here in the state. Including Lafayette. Cook has three plants."
In January Cook Biotech's president told News 18 if the tax is put in place it could increase the price of medical devices. Cook manufactures more than 15,000 products. In a 79 to 20 vote the Senate repealed the proposed 2.3 tax increase. Coats said it was a bipartisan effort.
"I was very pleased that Republicans and Democrats together voted in an overwhelming way to repeal this tax. It was a shot across the bow of the White House trying to impose this. It's a big win for the medical device people, but it's a big win for Indiana," the senator said.
Another pressing topic Coats discussed impacts not only Hoosiers, but the whole country.
The isolated country of North Korea has made recent threats of using nuclear weapons to attack the United States. Coats said Washington is working with North Korea's ally to the North.
"We have to make sure North Korea understands that this is unacceptable," Coats said. "We have put a show of force in over there, we are working with the Chinese. They probably have more leverage against North Korea than we do."
While facing threats from North Korea, Coats said the military may face budget cuts.
"There are a lot of dangerous spots around the world and challenges to the United States and its security and to the world," Coats said. "That's why we need to keep a strong military in place. Some of these imposed cuts against the military I think were unwise."
The senator said a strong military is crucial to protect the security of Americans.
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