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 TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE tweeted Thursday that it is “great to see” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Mattis defends Pentagon IG removed by Trump Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash 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 GrassleyPresident tightens grip on federal watchdogs Officials sound alarm over virus relief check scams Trump takes heat for firing intel watchdog during pandemic MORE (R-Iowa) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Wisconsinites put lives on the line after SCOTUS decision Officials sound alarm over virus relief check scams MORE (D-Ore.).

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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 McConnellLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash Phase-four virus relief hits a wall 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 KindTreasury watchdog to investigate Trump opportunity zone program How the 31 Democrats in Trump districts voted on impeachment Nearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment MORE (Wis.), a centrist Democrat, leaving the meeting with Azar. “And of course Ron and Chuck have been working hard on that.”