ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he’s confident House lawmakers and President Obama will support repealing the medical device tax, a provision of the Senate budget passed last week.

Franken said at a news conference Monday the tax burdens medical device startups and smaller businesses in Minnesota, where the industry is burgeoning. The tax was part of Obama’s 2009 federal health care law.

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The Senate passed a $3.7 trillion budget early Saturday on a 50-49 vote. The rival plan in the House aims to balance the federal budget in 10 years through deeper cuts.

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Obama has been lukewarm to efforts to repeal the tax, citing the need for the estimated $30 billion in revenues. Franken says Congress can find a way to offset those revenues that the president will approve.

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