Democratic group launches $2.5M in ads backing vulnerable Dems on drug prices

Democratic group launches $2.5M in ads backing vulnerable Dems on drug prices
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A Democratic group on Friday announced $2.5 million in ads backing vulnerable House Democrats and touting their votes on a bill to lower drug prices. 

The TV and digital ads in 16 House districts are from the group House Majority Forward, which is affiliated with House Majority PAC, a group seeking to maintain House control for Democrats next year.

“Lower drug prices, no more price gouging. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerJuan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Security contractor Erik Prince reportedly recruited ex-spies to help Project Veritas infiltrate liberal groups Hillicon Valley: Barr offers principles to prevent online child exploitation | Facebook removes misleading Trump census ads | House passes bill banning TSA use of TikTok MORE, thank you for fighting for us,” says one of the ads, backing Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), a freshman lawmaker facing a tough reelection next year. 

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The ads come after the House passed Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE’s (D-Calif.) sweeping bill to allow the government to negotiate lower drug prices on Thursday and House Judiciary Committee Democrats approved articles of impeachment Friday morning. 

The drug pricing bill is a major part of Democrats’ message in next year’s election, as the party seeks to show it is focused on kitchen table issues, not just impeachment proceedings. Some vulnerable House Democrats are facing a tough vote on impeachment next week, and would rather highlight issues like drug pricing.  

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All but two House Republicans voted against the bill, arguing it would hinder the development of new treatments and impose “price controls.”