Trump: 'Great to see' Pelosi plan to lower drug prices

Trump: 'Great to see' Pelosi plan to lower drug prices
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE tweeted Thursday that it is “great to see” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy calls for impeachment have become commonplace The Constitution doesn't require a vote to start the impeachment process Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support MORE’s (D-Calif.) bill to lower drug prices, stopping short of an endorsement as he called for bipartisan action. 

Trump offered more praise to a bipartisan bill in the Senate from Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyPhRMA CEO warns Pelosi bill to lower drug prices would be 'devastating' for industry GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe On The Money: Judge tosses Trump lawsuit over NY tax return subpoena | US, Japan sign trade deals | Trump faces narrowing window for trade deals | NBA sparks anger with apology to China MORE (R-Iowa) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats PhRMA CEO warns Pelosi bill to lower drug prices would be 'devastating' for industry MORE (D-Ore.).


Trump’s comments on Pelosi’s measure come in stark contrast to those of congressional Republicans, who have denounced the bill as “socialism.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference MORE (R-Ky.) told Politico that he would not bring it up for a vote in the Senate. 

Grassley is pushing his measure as a more moderate, bipartisan approach to Pelosi’s that Republicans should support. 

But even that bill is opposed by many Senate Republicans who object to a provision that would limit price increases for drugs in Medicare, calling it a “price control.”  

McConnell has not said if he will bring up Grassley’s legislation. 

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar met with Democratic lawmakers on Thursday to push for a bipartisan agreement on lowering drug prices. Azar did not give an opinion on Pelosi’s bill, saying he had just started to read it, according to lawmakers in the room. 

Much of the discussion centered on the Grassley-Wyden proposal, and Wyden, who was in attendance, walked through some of the details of the bill. 

“The overall message was ‘Hey for us to be realistic, to make any progress on reducing the price burden that all our constituents are facing, it’s got to be bipartisan,” said Rep. Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Democrats see whistleblower report as smoking gun Here are the House Democrats who aren't backing Trump impeachment inquiry MORE (Wis.), a centrist Democrat, leaving the meeting with Azar. “And of course Ron and Chuck have been working hard on that.”