What: All Issues : Health Care : Aid to the Chronically Ill : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote Table (Kill) an Amendment to Prevent Prescription Drug Price Discrimination Against Americans. (2003 senate Roll Call 235)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote Table (Kill) an Amendment to Prevent Prescription Drug Price Discrimination Against Americans.
senate Roll Call 235     Jun 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

U.S. drugmakers frequently sell their drugs to Canadian wholesalers or retailers at reduced prices. While this price differential benefits Canadians, Americans are stuck paying higher drug prices for identical drugs. To correct this disparity in prices, Senator Pryor (D-AR) proposed an amendment to the prescription drug bill which would have required U.S. drug manufacturers to sell their drugs to U.S. retailers at the same favorable prices that are offered to Canadian drug retailers. Progressives voted in support of Pryor's amendment because, in their view, U.S. drug retailers-and by extension American consumers-should not be over-charged for drugs simply because they do business or reside in the U.S. and not in Canada. During debate on Pryor's proposal, Senator Santorum (R-PA) motioned to table (strike down) the amendment. With a unified front of Republicans and a handful of Democrats voting in opposition to the Pryor amendment, the tabling motion was successful and the measure was defeated 66-31.

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