It seems that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was possibly trying to hamper the early development of the coronavirus vaccine. Republican’s attempted to include an amendment into HR 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which would increase the Affordable Care Act subsidies, Republican Greg Walden (R-OR) offered a motion to recommit the bill back to committee.
Walden’s reasoning to send the bill back to the Energy and Commerce Committee is to attach an amendment to HR 1425 to make sure the bill would “adversely affect research on, development of, or approval of any drug (including any biological product) intended to treat or prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID–19.”
Democrats defeated Walden’s motion voting 223 against the measure and 187 votes in favor of the bill going back to committee. However, nine Democrats broke ranks and voted with Republicans those Democrats were:
- Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY)
- Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA)
- Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME)
- Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
- Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
- Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
- Rep. Max Rose (D-NY)
- Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)
Walden, who is the ranking minority member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, said during a floor speech that Congress has a duty to protect the development of the vaccine.
He said, “This motion should be adopted. It would prevent the bill from upending the very progress we’re all counting on for innovators to develop new vaccines and therapies to confront this killer coronavirus.”
“The Democrats – with a straight face – have come to the floor today to move a bill that would do grave damage to medical innovation,” Walden added.
“Let’s at least make sure that an unintended, but dangerous consequence of this bill does NOT take effect,” he said. “Let’s make sure that it will NOT inhibit research and innovation for a treatment or a cure to COVID-19.”
.@repgregwalden wanted to make sure Democrats’ bill doesn’t prevent development of a coronavirus vaccine.
Democrats voted AGAINST this idea. pic.twitter.com/SGyXqTgpPm
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