Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) blocked a bill that would lower prescription drug costs, arguing that a measure that addresses other health care issues would be better.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) wanted a bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to be passed unanimously on Nov. 13, but Schumer blocked the measure by objecting to Cornyns request for a unanimous vote.
Schumer said he didnt oppose the bills substance, but accused Cornyn of playing a “little game” to try to get his bill passed when action on additional issues in health care was being blocked by Republicans, according to The Hill.
“We have a whole lot of legislative ideas, not just his,” Schumer said on the floor. “His party blocks everything that would have far larger consequence.”
Schumer said there were better legislative options than Cornyns bill, including one introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
Cornyn responded by saying Schumers blocking of the measure was “what people hate about Washington.”
“My bill is not going to sink the prospects of that larger package of legislation,” Cornyn said.
“Im not going to agree to price-fixing by the U.S. government,” he added about another measure Schumer cited, which would let Medicare negotiate drug prices.
Senator Blumenthal and I introduced a noncontroversial, bipartisan bill that passed the Judiciary Committee unanimously. This bill is meant to lower drug prices, but Senator Schumer keeps playing partisan games and is blocking it. This needs to stop. pic.twitter.com/ZhkFT7ZMJg
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) November 13, 2019
That bill isnt supported by any GOP members, unlike his bill, Cornyn said. Blumenthal joined Cornyn on the floor to ask Senators to pass the bill.
Cornyn took to Twitter to blast Schumer, writing: “Senator Blumenthal and I introduced a noncontroversial, bipartisan bill that passed the Judiciary Committee unanimously. This bill is meant to lower drug prices, but Senator Schumer keeps playing partisan games and is blocking it. This needs to stop.”