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Trump, Dems discuss working together to lower drug prices

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President Trump and Democratic leaders discussed working together to lower drug prices at a White House meeting Tuesday.

Lawmakers said the discussion was general, but that the two sides agreed the issue should be a bipartisan priority.
 
{mosads}White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration and Democrats were on the same page about having another meeting in the “near future.” 
 
“It seemed very positive, bipartisan issue,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told The Hill after the meeting, saying the issue came up “many times.”
 
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) added that the discussion “did not focus on any specific bill.” Instead, he said, both sides agreed it’s something “we ought to get going on, it’s important.”
 
A source familiar with the meeting said, “They discussed prescription drugs for some time and agreed they ought to be able to get that done.”
 
Lowering drug prices is seen as a rare area of possible bipartisan agreement this year, along with infrastructure, the main focus of Tuesday’s meeting.
 
Trump has railed against drug companies for the cost of their medications, and the issue is a top priority for Democrats as well.
 
Congressional Republicans are the main question mark, but some GOP lawmakers are also calling for action.
 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her staff have already held some talks with the White House on the drug price issue.
 
Democrats’ top priority is allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, a position that Trump supported during the 2016 campaign. He has since backed off that support.
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