Rx: Prescription Drug Prices, USMCA Taking Center Stage During Thanksgiving Recess

Dan Crenshaw (R, TX-02)

With Petitions Filed and Impeachment Hearings On Hold Until December, Two Real Bipartisan Issues at Forefront

Now that the congressional incumbents and all announced Republican candidates having filed their nominating petitions, the Thanksgiving recess for Congress have two issues at forefront this holiday-shortened week.

Yesterday, Congressmen Dan Crenshaw (R, TX) and Greg Walden (R, OR) released video #3 of the “Here’s the Truth” on H.R. 3 series. H.R. 3 is the Democratic-backed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plan for reducing prescription drug prices which mandates price controls under the euphemism of “negotiating” prices.

Video in the embedded tweet below which debunks a Democratic talking point promoting H.R. 3 — comparisons to the Veterans Affairs current price negotiations with the pharmaceutical industry on prescription drug prices:

The first two videos can be viewed at the House Commerce GOP Twitter page, or in Thursday’s McHenry County Blog article, with both videos at the bottom of the article.

Today at mid-morning is Congressman Sean Casten’s prescription drug roundtable at the Barrington village hall at 10AM:

As documented in this McHenry County Blog article from Saturday, President Trump, who like most Republicans wants to see prescription drug prices come down, tweeted on Friday the Health and Human Services secretary is about to announce an immediate plan to allow states to reimport prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.

The policy announcement is still being finalized and should be announced very soon.

Finally, the latest on the USMCA, the successor treaty to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) appears to be making progress for a possible 2019 vote, according to POLITICO article published last night.

“We are within range of a substantially improved agreement for America’s workers. Now, we need to see our progress in writing from the Trade Representative for final review.

“The NAFTA 2.0 draft lacked the concrete, effective enforcement mechanisms needed to ensure that the agreement became more than a list of promises on paper.”   

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi statement on USMCA 11/25/19 from POLITICO

Tuesday will be a very busy day, two days before Thanksgiving.

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