House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill
Added 12-06-19 03:57:03pm EST - “House progressives are considering voting against a procedural motion to proceed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) signature bill to lower drug prices next week unless they get changes to the measure, effectively threatening to…” - Thehill.com
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House progressives are considering voting against a procedural motion to proceed to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading MORE’s (D-Calif.) signature bill to lower drug prices next week unless they get changes to the measure, effectively threatening to stop the bill in its tracks.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) on Friday is conducting a whip count of its 98 members to see how many would be willing to vote no on what is known as the “rule” for the legislation.
The move, while not certain yet, is a sign of the intense frustration among some progressive House lawmakers that they have not been able to win changes to the bill they have sought for months, in what they say has been a closed-off, top-down process.
Voting no on the rule, a procedural measure which sets the terms of debate for the bill itself, would stop the bill from coming up for a vote. Progressives hope that could force leadership to either allow floor votes on progressive amendments or make changes to the underlying bill before the vote.
“There are a lot of people who are saying if we don't get some of these things in, we have to consider all our options, including voting against the rule,” Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Virginia moves to suspend Medicaid work rules | Powerful House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing | Hospitals sue over Trump price rule | FDA official grilled on vaping policy Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats MORE (D-Wash.), the co-chair of the CPC, told reporters on Friday.
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