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 TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE tweeted Thursday that it is “great to see” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUSMCA is nice but no model Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Grassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks 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 GrassleyGrassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday MORE (R-Iowa) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Trump administration approves Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina 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 McConnellRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment CNN's Cuomo promotes 'Dirty Donald' hashtag, hits GOP for 'loyalty oath' to Trump 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 KindCongressional authority in a time of Trump executive overreach Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny Alcohol industry races to save tax break by year-end deadline MORE (Wis.), a centrist Democrat, leaving the meeting with Azar. “And of course Ron and Chuck have been working hard on that.”