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H.R. 19: Lower Costs, More Cures Act of 2019

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This bill of bipartisan healthcare fixes would be much more likely to pass the Republican Senate and earn President Trump’s signature.


In December, the House passed the Democratic-led Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. Voting Democrats were unanimously in support 228–0, while Republicans almost entirely opposed it 2–191. The two supportive Republicans were Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA1) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA3).

A few days before the vote, when House passage appeared imminent, congressional Republicans introduced a healthcare bill called the Lower Costs, More Cures Act which featured only bipartisan provisions.

Republicans challenged Democrats to vote for this more bipartisan iteration, which could ostensibly earn the Republican president’s signature, instead of Democrats’ own iteration which was much further left and almost certainly doomed ...

Sponsor and status

Greg Walden

Sponsor. Representative for Oregon's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2019
Length: 352 pages
Dec 9, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Dec 9, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on December 9, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Walden, Azar Discuss Path Forward to Lower Drug Prices
    — Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2] (Sponsor) on Feb 27, 2020

ICYMI: Davis-Backed Legislation Protects Access to Health Care, Lowers the Cost of Prescription Drugs, Supports Health Care Workers
    — Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 1, 2020

Maloney Hails Senate Committee Consideration of Womens History Museum Legislation
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] on Nov 17, 2020

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Dec 9, 2019

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H.R. 19 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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