A nice guy who seemed to really care about the middle class. Dorgan was the force behind the numerous attempts to pass Drug Reimportation so Americans who lose their jobs can still afford their life saving meds while unemployed….Our many posts on that Amendment and Dorgan here
Obama and Rahmbo smacked Dorgan down HARD on this. Obama sold out Americans to big PhaRMa and Billy Tauzin (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!) when he began his ‘reform’ of health care….GOP Senators crossed the aisle to vote YES on RX REIMPORTATION and DEMOCRATS KILLED IT.
Here is Dorgan’s statement. Frankly that’s a big part of why I think he’s leaving, why fight a death match in ’10 to stick with a bunch of sell out corpocrats?
markos Dorgan retirement is a huge blow to Dems.
mattklewis If Hoeven runs, he’s in. If not, a strong GOP bench includes: Drew Wrigley, Kevin Cramer, Ed Schafer, Stenehjem, Clayburgh, Berg, et al.
marcambinder Biggest effect of the Dorgan retirement is not in the numbers per se; it’s about social psychology. Dorgan’s decision may push other Dems..
marcambinder Hoeven will now almost certainly run; it’s hard not to assume that, absent a stellar candidate, Republicans will pick up this Senate seat.
chucktodd Dorgan retirement means Dems will have hard time maintaining 60 seats going post-10. Dems have pulled ND rabbits out of hat b4 but…
Update: Reid files cloture motions; TheHill: ‘Pharma deal holding up bipartisan rx health amendment’
Update from Kaiser, appears Dingy Harry is going to pull a fast one and IS blocking the RX Reimportation Bill from a vote, 200 Billion a year Americans spend on their RXs. Well this is just one more nail in the electoral coffin for the Democratic majority:
CongressDaily: “Senate Majority Leader [Harry] Reid plans to file a package of cloture motions next week that would allow a final vote on healthcare legislation before the Senate goes home for Christmas, a leadership aide said today.” He plans to offer “simultaneous cloture motions” for the overall bill, for a substitute amendment and for a manager’s amendment containing “key compromises.” The plan “came to light as senators from both parties wondered why leaders have not scheduled a vote on an amendment to allow reimportation of cheaper prescription drugs, which appears to have enough votes to pass” (Friedman and Edney, 12/10).
In a time of incredibly high unemployment, at least three Democratic Senators are blocking a bipartisan amendment that has the votes to pass, that will save many Americans hundreds of dollars a year or more on their health care costs..
…Democratic senators from states home to pharmaceutical companies, including Tom Carper (Del.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Robert Menendez (N.J.), object to the amendment, citing concerns about ensuring the safety of medicines entering the U.S. supply chain from foreign sources. Congress Daily has reported that Carper (D-Del.) placed a hold on the amendment, but his office refused to comment to The Hill….
Okay neoprogs and libs still believing in Teh Oneness, riddle me this. Why oh why would The Hill which loves them some Obama report that the WH deal and the 3 Pharma state DEMOCRATIC Senators are blocking a TRUE BIPARTISAN, COST SAVING BILL THAT HAS THE VOTES TO PASS, THAT THIS PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNED ON??? Because it is true.
The message did not seem mixed to McCain, whom Obama defeated in the race for the White House last year. “The fix is in,” he said.
Durbin, asked if they are WHIPPING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT, didnt say No, he said ‘well we did ask how they are voting…” THE FRAKKERS!!! One of the ONLY effective price reforms that will directly, immediately LOWER healthcare costs to AMERICAN CONSUMERS and they are KILLING IT?
Please call these yahoos and tell them WE DEMAND A VOTE!! Prescription reimportation should be allowed in FREE MARKETS with OPEN TRADE!!!!
A deal between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry is holding up a bipartisan amendment to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from abroad, according to a member of the Senate Democratic leadership.
…Dorgan’s measure, which would permit bulk exports of medicines from countries such as Canada, enjoys broad and bipartisan support and likely has the backing of more than 60 senators, which would guarantee its adoption on the healthcare reform bill.
Tension between the White House and Democratic supporters of the so-called drug reimportation amendment is primarily behind the delay, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday.
“There’s a political subtext here,” Durbin said. “It has to do with whether or not we can do as part of the impact on pharma in this bill and whether or not there are other things that are higher priorities.”
The White House and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) struck a deal this summer to limit the drug industry’s financial exposure under reform to $80 billion over 10 years, though its terms have never been fully disclosed.
President Barack Obama was one of the 35 co-sponsors of Dorgan’s drug reimportation legislation when Obama served in the Senate. In addition, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was a leading supporter of the House version of the bill when he served in the lower chamber….
HYPOCRITES!!!! And these Obots who railed against the Big Dawg and HRC are silent on this????? WTH???!?!?!?
Update: One Night Only! Dorgan & McCain LIVE from the Senate floor team up in support of the Drug Reimportation Amendment….
Update: Shows Added, lol! Even AP notes OBAMA is blocking this billions in savings for American consumers. Debate continues today:
A bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes to finally win a long struggle to ease curbs against importing low-cost prescription drugs but will have to overcome the Obama administration and the pharmaceutical industry to do so. The Senate was resuming debate Thursday on President Barack Obama’s drive to reshape the country’s care system. The most crucial work was being done behind closed doors, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his lieutenants were hunting support for a tentative deal among moderate and liberal Democrats to expand the government’s role in providing care.
As predicted Team Obama has SOLD US DOWN THE RIVER for Pharma and Billy frakkin Tauzin. The FDA released a letter OPPOSING the Amendment allowing the reimportation of prescription drugs for American consumers. Obama is AGAIN betraying a promise he made throughout the campaign. This is one of the single biggest cost saving expenses for Americans in their healthcare costs. The FDA has the AUDACITY to claim drugs coming from CANADA are not SAFE!! HA!! Dorgan and MAC teamed up in a great vaudeville style debate today, punching holes in the ridiculous FDA statement..
…Allowing importation of prescription drugs from a select few countries such as Canada, Ireland, and parts of Europe could lower prices in this country, and Dorgan has an amendment to the health-care bill that would legalize the practice.
Tuesday, the FDA blew a hole in his amendment. In a letter, FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg said importing drugs would be unsafe, too complex and too expensive. The drug industry has also opposed the practice, pointing out that Europe, which allows some importation, has problems with counterfeit drugs.
On the floor of the Senate today, McCain played the set-up man, lobbing rhetorical softballs for Dorgan. Here’s a much-condensed version of some of the highlights. Watch the whole thing yourself, starting around minute 270 in this C-Span video
McCain: Isn’t it true that a letter was written to one of our colleagues from the administrator of the FDA?
Dorgan: The Senator from Arizona is correct. They say “We don’t have the resources.” This amendment provides the resources for them. The people that are selling [imported drugs] will pay a fee.
McCain: It requires no additional funding from the taxpayer?
Dorgan: No additional funding from the taxpayer at all!
McCain: Could we say it would not propose any hazard to anyone’s health?
Dorgan: The countries that are involved in this amendment — and they are limited — are countries that have an identical chain of custody to our country.
On a roll now, Dorgan holds up two pill bottles and continues:
Both of these bottles contained Lipitor — most of my colleagues know what Lipitor is. And this was made by an American company in Ireland and shipped all over the world. This little bottle was shipped to the United States. This little bottle was shipped to Canada. What’s the difference? The price. The American consumer is told, guess what you get to do? You get to pay almost triple.
McCain: On behalf of the citizens of my state, I just want to say, thank you for your advocacy.
The Declawed Buy American Amendment passes, it leaves things status quo, will Labor notice? We shall see…we need the language of the bill analyzed to see WTH it does exactly since Dorgan seems so chipper, is he trying to sell Labor into believing something has changed?! Or is there an alligator under the water lurking in this bill….
Senators agreed by voice vote tonight to clarify that the “Buy American” provision in the Senate’s version of the stimulus package should comply with existing treaties.
Then they rejected by a 31-65 vote a proposal by Sen. John McCain to strip the “Buy American” language from the bill. There is no such language in the House-passed stimulus.
McCain warned that the “Buy American” requirement for stimulus funds has “echoes of the disastrous Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act,” which many believe exacerbated the Great Depression.
Byron Dorgan D-NE challenges fate to strike trade, what an idiot IMO:
Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., the chief “Buy American” cheerleader said, “Both Mr. Smoot and Mr. Hawley are dead. … But this amendment is part of a debate that is alive on the floor of the Senate and across the country. Twenty thousand people a day are losing their jobs. Twenty thousand people a day.
Well that’s a relief, and a trade war against the global economy averted…
The vote expected tonight, via Forbes:
The U.S. Senate planned to vote late Wednesday on a softened “Buy American” plan as part of its nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill, after President Barack Obama expressed concern the original language could trigger a trade war.
The proposed amendment adds language requiring that Buy American measures that have upset Canada, the European Union and other trading partners be “applied in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements.”
The Senate was also expected to vote on an amendment offered by Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, that would prohibit any of the stimulus package funds from being subject to a Buy American requirement.
Congressional leaders, trying to quell a dispute over “Buy American” provisions in the stimulus package, are crafting a version that would apply only when they don’t violate trade rules, according to industry officials and a congressional aide. The lawmakers are reacting to a demand by the White House that the provisions satisfy U.S. obligations under the World Trade Organization.
Well it is always nice when we comply with out WTO and Trade Agreements ain’t it? Sheesh. MiM previous post on Smoot Hawley and Protectionism here….
The House Ways and Means Committee’s Democratic staff and aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, are working out the language, said a lobbyist who was briefed on the measure. The people familiar with the talks declined to be identified because the talks are confidential.
You know who is gonna be pixxed?, that’s right Labor. The very Labor that elected Teh One and demonstrated outside the Capitol today for EFCA/Card Check.
Obama told ABC News yesterday that he didn’t want any Buy American provisions that would violate trade rules.
“We need to make sure that any provisions that are in there are not going to trigger a trade war,” he said.
Now that Team Obama is in charge we at MiM bet Larry Summers and Judd Gregg will prevail over Hilda Solis and Pelosi, the same way Bob Rubin prevailed over Robert Reich in the Clinton Administration..IOW no EFCA, unless they plan to self destruct the economy…..
Steel companies, such as U.S. Steel Corp. and Nucor Corp., and labor unions are pushing language in the stimulus plan to mandate that projects use American-made iron, steel and other manufactured goods in building projects such as roads, bridges and tunnels.
“We’ve always said this doesn’t violate our trade laws,” said Robert Baugh, executive director of the Industrial Union Council at the AFL-CIO. “If they need to restate it, fine.”