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John Cornyn on Pelosi Drug Bill: 'Zero' Chance in Senate

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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens to testimony from pharmacy benefit managers during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 19 September 2019 03:52 PM

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Thursday dismissed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug-pricing legislation shortly after she introduced it, saying it had "zero, zip, nada" chance of passing the Republican-controlled chamber.

"The speaker's plan is just the latest example of a partisan messaging document masquerading as legislation," Cornyn, 67, who chairs the Senate Narcotics Caucus, said on the Senate floor.

"It has absolutely no chance – zero, zip, nada – no chance of passing the Senate or becoming law."

The legislation from Pelosi, D-Calif., would allow the federal government to negotiate the prices as many as 250 prescription drugs every year — and she hoped President Donald Trump would support the bill.

"We hope to have White House buy-in, because that seems to be the root to getting any votes in the United States Senate, and we want as strong a bipartisan vote as we can in the House and the Senate," Pelosi told reporters. "We would hope that they would support this."

But Republicans in the House and Senate slammed Pelosi's bill as price-fixing — and Cornyn was among many who vowed that it would never become law.

"Unlike the House," he said in his floor remarks, "we've been considering bills that have broad bipartisan support, as I said, which means they have the potential to actually become law, to get something done.

"Speaker Pelosi should take note: we in the Senate have done the hard work of finding consensus with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle," he added.

"I would encourage our friends in the House of Representatives to stop wasting time and instead start working in a bipartisan fashion to work on legislation that can actually become law."

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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Thursday dismissed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug-pricing legislation shortly after she introduced it, saying it had "zero, zip, nada" chance of passing the Republican-controlled chamber.
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