Despite Pallone’s Pleas, Centrist Democrats Block E&C Passage Of H.R. 3; But W&M Passes Bill

By John Wilkerson / September 15, 2021 at 5:37 PM
Despite a plea from the committee chair, three House Energy & Commerce Democrats blocked House Democratic leadership’s Medicare drug price negotiation bill (H.R. 3) from passing out of committee, but H.R. 3 will be included in the House budget reconciliation bill anyway because the Ways & Means Committee subsequently passed the bill. The E&C defections show the difficulty House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) faces in keeping her party unified on drug pricing and the health care priorities Democrats hope drug...

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