Pelosi: 'Medicare Prescription Drug Bill is Evidence of Culture of Corruption and Cronyism'
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a privileged resolution on the House floor today regarding the impact of the Republican Congress' culture of corruption's upon America's seniors. The resolution failed by a party-line vote of 219 to 188. Below is Pelosi's statement and the text of the privileged resolution:
"Across the country, seniors are trying to navigate the complicated and confusing Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit; it is complicated and confusing because it was written to meet the needs of drug companies and private insurers, not the needs of Medicare beneficiaries.
"Today Democrats tried to hold Republicans responsible for the culture of corruption and cronyism that led to this sham of a bill. Instead, Republicans have rejected calls to give beneficiaries an additional six months to choose a plan, and remove the prohibition so the government can negotiate for lower prices. Democrats believe that our seniors deserve better, that is why we are going to keep working for a real Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit."