For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 12, 2019

AFSCME Calls on Senate to Pass the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act

WASHINGTON — 

In response to the House passing the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act, AFSCME President Lee Saunders released the following statement calling on the Senate to take up this historic bill to lower the price of prescription drugs for working families and retirees:

“By passing this landmark legislation, House legislators are keeping their promise to hold drug corporations accountable and lower prescription drug prices for working people and retirees. In one of the wealthiest countries on earth, no one should be skipping dosages or not taking needed medication because drugs are priced too high. This bill will bring down health care costs and make historic investments in Medicare and public health to ensure that Americans receive the care they need.

“Now it is time for the Senate to do its job and vote on this vital bill. Every day that Senate leader Mitch McConnell refuses to take action, Americans will continue to suffer.”