What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S 812. Prescription Drugs/Cloture Vote to Promote the Development of Generic (Less Expensive) Drugs. (2002 senate Roll Call 200)
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S 812. Prescription Drugs/Cloture Vote to Promote the Development of Generic (Less Expensive) Drugs.
senate Roll Call 200     Jul 31, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

Congress struggled to agree on a common solution to the spiraling costs of prescription drugs for seniors. Proposals for Medicare benefits had fallen short of the necessary votes, but this more limited proposal fared better. It made it harder for drug companies to extend patents, which would speed cheaper generic versions to market and make it easier for Canadian manufacturers to export their own versions to the United States. In the Senate, debate can continue indefinitely unless cloture is invoked, at which point debate is limited and a final vote on the measure is set. Progressives favored cloture, because they supported the patent reform and wanted it to move forward. The cloture motion passed, 66-33, and the bill passed a critical test.

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