Bernie Sanders: Senate Republicans block Trump proposal to lower prescription drug prices

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) proposed an amendment Tuesday to lower the cost of prescription drugs by letting Medicare negotiate drug prices and allowing for the importation from other countries of low-cost prescription drugs – both proposals advocated by President-elect Donald Trump. Republicans blocked the Sanders amendment.During his run for the White House, Trump called for requiring Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower prices. In a speech in New Hampshire last Feb. 7, Trump criticized current U.S. law that forbids Medicare from negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies. Trump said: “We are not allowed to negotiate drug prices. Can you believe it? We pay about $300 billion more than we are supposed to, than if we negotiated the price. So there’s $300 billion on day one we solve.”Trump’s campaign platform also advocated making it legal to reimport cheaper drugs from other countries. Sanders offered an amendment to implement Trump’s campaign promises. “I am sure that all of my Republican colleagues will support an amendment in my hands that will do exactly what Mr. Trump said he would accomplish as president,” Sanders told Senate colleagues. But Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) objected to holding a vote on the amendment.Without those changes in a bill now before Congress, Sanders said he could not support the overall legislation because it caves to the demands of the pharmaceutical industry and cuts Medicare and Medicaid by $1 billion. “It is incomprehensible to me that we have a major bill dealing with prescription drugs and yet we are running from the most important issue and that is the greed of the pharmaceutical industry,” Sanders said.  “The prescription drug industry, along with Wall Street, is the most powerful political force in America. I have been fighting the greed of the prescription drug industry for decades. And, as far as I can tell, the prescription drug industry always wins, but the American people lose.”To see the amendment, click here(link is external). Source: WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 – Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

Bush Fire Advisory

first_imgThe Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division wish to advise the General Public that we are now into the dry season or “Careme”.In this regard the Division asks that the public should refrain from setting unnecessary and uncontrolled bush fires.Bush Fires are extremely dangerous, not only to human life and the environment but to our wildlife; affecting their food and habitat.It is also important to remember that bush fires destroy native plant species and create conditions for the introduction and rapid spread of invasive species. It can cause great destruction to soil life and nutrients, resulting in changes in the soil texture and physical conditions.Based on the current Covid 19 situation, bush fires is considered very harmful to persons with underlying conditions. Furthermore, bush fires poses serious threat to properties especially in residential areas.The Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division, therefore seek the support of everyone to avoid and reduce the incidents of bush fires. Share 32 Views   no discussions AnnouncementsLocalNews Bush Fire Advisory by: – April 24, 2020 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Governor Dunleavy Offers Alaskan Troops To Patrol US Southern Border

first_img“While the southern border may seem far away and distant, this crisis is real and a potential threat to every American, including Alaskans.” Today I notified the @WhiteHouse & @realDonaldTrump that #Alaska and our National Guard – if called upon – stand ready to support the national security crisis on the US Southern Border.— Governor Mike Dunleavy (@GovDunleavy) February 16, 2019 President Trump issued an emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, on Friday. Governor Dunleavy made the announcement in a video message that the soldiers would “stand ready to support the national security crisis on the U.S. southern border.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy announced on Friday that the State of Alaska is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.last_img read more