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Statement by Rahna Epting, Executive Director of MoveOn, on Representatives Rice, Schrader and Peters gutting prescription drug reform measures in reconciliation:
“Nearly two million dollars in campaign contributions. That is what it took for Big Pharma to buy the votes of three conservative Democrats to defeat the most meaningful prescription drug reform measure in generations. These representatives had to choose between standing up for their constituents who need life saving medication or their Big Pharma campaign donors. When it came down to a vote, they chose Big Pharma and their cold hard cash. It was a shameful and disgusting vote and one their constituents and millions of MoveOn members will remember for a long time.
“The prescription drug reform in this bill is widely supported by the public and the vast majority of Democrats in the House and Senate. Today’s vote will not be the final say on these reforms. But it makes clear for the entire nation who is on the side of their constituents and who is on the side of Big Pharma.”