Schumer’s Graveyard: Drug Pricing, Funding for Schools, Troop Pay Raises
by John Cornyn on November 19, 2019 at 1:44 PM
Today on the floor, I highlighted bipartisan bills that have been denied a vote by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), including my bipartisan bill to lower drug prices. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.
He said, ‘Democrats are happy and eager to work on those issues.’ Well, you know, one thing I’ve learned around here, it's not just what people say, it's what they do that counts.
And he objected to this virtually unanimously supported bill on a bipartisan basis to lower drug prices.
While every senator has said that they want to address rising drug prices, Senator Schumer has the distinction of being the only senator who's actually blocked a bill that would do exactly that.
Sadly, this isn't the only time the Democratic Leader has blocked progress on bipartisan priorities. It's just the latest. Well, here's some other tombstones in the Schumer Graveyard.
Our Democratic colleagues have on two instances actually objected to even debating the defense appropriation bill which provides a pay raise for our troops.
They blocked vital education funding, which would have provided more than $71 billion to the Department of Education.
Please don't head down this path by creating a graveyard of your own for bipartisan legislation that could and should become law. It's not my way or the highway.