Prescription Drug Bill Clears Senate Committee

Bill Scher

The Senate Finance Committee passed legislation last night lifting the ban preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices.

The bill garnered some bipartisan support with two Republicans, Sens. Gordon Smith and Olympia Snowe, joining 11 Democrats in the majority.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, was asked by CQ Today if Democrats had the 60 votes necessary to break his planned filibuster. Grassley said, “I hope not,” indicating he is not sure he can succeed.

A vote by the full Senate is expected next week. The final outcome remains unclear, and your senators need to hear your voice. Click here to tell your senators: “Side with the people, not the big drug companies.”

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