The Senate just blocked it and President Trump has been notified. The effort is currently dead, and there’s no sign of it returning — at least for now.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) led the charge to block a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering the price of prescription drugs. His reason: The legislation doesn’t go as far as he would prefer.
In reality, however, this is likely more about Schumer trying to stall any kind of progress under Trump and Republicans. But his stalling tactics might not work indefinitely.
One of Schumer’s own colleagues, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), urged passage of the bill. He said that it’s crucial, due to skyrocketing prescription drug costs, that Congress join together in one voice and do something.
“If we pass this legislation, millions of Americans may no longer have to choose between food on the table, rent payments, and the medicine they need and deserve,” said Blumenthal.
Republican Senator John Cornyn is hoping that Schumer abandons his effort to kill the bill. He would like it to reach the Senate floor for a full vote in the near future.
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