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WASHINGTON (WCAX) U.S. House Democrats have one bill at the top of their list-- HR.1, which would make Election Day a federal holiday. They call it the For the People Act.
It's meant to expand access to voting, reduce the influence of big money in politics and strengthen ethics rules for public servants.
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from both parties served notice on pharmaceutical companies on Tuesday that the days of unchecked drug-price increases were over and that they would be held politically accountable for exorbitant prices.
A divided Congress probably won’t be able to agree on much over the next two years. But that vacuum could bode well for one vexing problem both parties say they want to solve: the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States.
Prescription drug companies and their legions of Washington lobbyists are strapping in for their rockiest year on Capitol Hill in at least a decade, as newly empowered House Democrats prepare a raft of bills to check U.S. drug prices.
Vermont Representative Peter Welch tweeted his support for a measure to push job creation and environmental sustainability — a plan championed by one of the Democratic Party's youngest rising stars.
The Democratic takeover of the House is giving new life to efforts to fight high drug prices with bipartisan action, a worrying prospect for the pharmaceutical industry.
Democrats celebrating their new-but-narrow control House majority are confronting a hard decision: Whether to work with the Trump administration – and the GOP-led Senate – to lower drug costs.
President Trump proposed on Thursday that Medicare pay for certain prescription drugs based on the prices paid in other advanced industrial countries — a huge change that could save money for the government and for millions of Medicare beneficiaries.
Vermont will soon be able to apply for up to $40 million in federal funding for projects to repair three aging flood control dams, after the Senate passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 overwhelmingly on Wednesday.
Rep. Peter Welch said he's optimistic that his bipartisan bill that expands the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Units will soon be passed by Congress — and Vermont officials say the bill will give them greater ability to investigate a wide range of fraud cases.