WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) released the following statement slamming the rushed Congressional Budget Office (CBO) partial score for the partisan Pelosi plan.
“We need to lower the cost of prescription drugs. We can do that by passing legislation already agreed to by Republicans and Democrats – legislation that could become law and save people money at the counter. But Nancy Pelosi does not want to do that, instead she’s jamming through her drug pricing scheme, moving forward with less than a full picture to tip the scale, and trick the public. It’s not going to work, and it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Walden.
In May, the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced bipartisan legislation to lower drug prices – such as the CREATES Act and pay-for-delay – only to have Speaker Pelosi pollute these bipartisan bills with poison pills on the House floor.
Since May, Republicans and Democrats have been working on a bipartisan proposal to modernize Medicare Part D to lower drug costs for seniors. Those negotiations were upended when Speaker Pelosi’s plan was introduced last month.