Talking Points: House Democrats Defend the Constitution and our Elections; Fight to Lower Drug Costs for All Americans
Top Talking Points:
- National Security: Trump endangered our national security by withholding taxpayer-funded critical military assistance to counter Russian aggression for his personal political gain.
- Undermined Our Elections: Trump betrayed his oath, betrayed the Constitution and undermined the integrity of our elections.
- Abuse of Power: President Trump abused his power by pressuring a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election – “Do us a favor, though…” were Trump’s words. No one is above the law. Abuse of Power
Last week, Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff, confessed that the President used taxpayer-funded military aid to pressure Ukraine to undermine our democracy. That’s an unprecedented abuse of power. There is a fundamental question confronting our nation today: is it acceptable for a President to pressure a foreign government to undermine our elections for his political gain? House Democrats believe American elections should be decided by Americans.
In his own words – “I want you to do us a favor, though” – President Trump invited interference in the 2020 election and betrayed his oath of office. No other President has ever abused his power for his own personal political gain at the expense of our national security. Republicans know what Trump did was wrong. Republicans can’t defend President Trump’s actions, so they make up phony attacks on the investigation. What the Republicans fear most is the truth.
The truth is all the evidence – including Trump’s words, the whistleblower complaint, Ambassador Volker’s text messages, Pence meeting with Zelensky and Mulvaney’s confession last week – paints the picture of a President who abused his power by using multiple levers of government to pressure a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election. And he dangled taxpayer-funded military aid as leverage.
The President will be held accountable because no one is above the law. House Democrats will uphold our oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. We will proceed with the seriousness that this moment in history demands. We will conduct a methodical, thorough and factual investigation to follow the facts and uncover the extent to which Trump’s action threatened our national security and the extent of the cover-up.
House Democrats Secure our Elections with SHIELD Act
This week, House Democrats take another step forward to protect our elections from foreign attacks, as we take up the SHIELD Act: strong, commonsense and bipartisan solutions to fight foreign interference in our elections.
Congress has a solemn duty to protect the integrity of our elections. As FBI Director Christopher Wray has testified, foreign interference in on our democracy is “a 365-day-a-year threat.” We must ensure that American elections are decided by Americans. And with the 2020 elections fast approaching, we have no time to waste to safeguard our democracy from the attacks that we know are coming.
The SHIELD Act takes critical steps to protect our democracy, including:
- Creates a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents.
- Helps prevent foreign interference in future elections by improving transparency of online political advertisements.
- Closes loopholes that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to spend in U.S. elections.
- Restricts exchange of campaign information between candidates and foreign governments and their agents.
- Prohibits deceptive practices about voting procedures.
Republicans voted against our H.R. 1 legislation to secure our elections and then against H.R. 2722, Securing America’s Federal Elections Act (the SAFE Act), which closes dangerous gaps in our voting security into the 21st Century. Now, Republicans have another opportunity to prove to whom they pledge their oath: the Constitution or the President.
House Continues to Legislate For The People with H.R. 3
During this difficult time, the House will continue our strong legislative agenda For The People: lower health care costs by lowering prescription drug prices, bigger paychecks by building the physical and human infrastructure of America, and promoting cleaner government.
American seniors and families should not have to pay more for their medicines than what the drug companies charge people in other countries for the same drugs. That’s why Democrats are moving forward with transformational legislation to lower prescription drug prices: H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which levels the playing field for American patients and taxpayers.
- Gives Medicare the power to negotiate directly with the drug companies, and creates powerful new tools to force drug companies to the table to agree to real price reductions, while ensuring seniors never lose access to the prescriptions they need.
- Makes the lower drug prices negotiated by Medicare available to Americans with private insurance, not just Medicare beneficiaries.
- Stops drug companies ripping off Americans while charging other countries less for the same drugs, limiting the maximum price for any negotiated drug to be in line with the average price in countries like ours, where drug companies charge less for the same drugs – and admit they still make a profit.
- Creates a new, $2,000 out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries, and reverses years of unfair price hikes above inflation across thousands of drugs in Medicare.
- Reinvests in innovation and the search for new cures and treatments, using some of the savings from lowering the unjustified drug prices that are bankrolling Big Pharma’s stock-buybacks to reinvest billions of dollars in the search for new breakthrough treatments and cures at NIH.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that drug negotiations alone from this transformative legislation will save taxpayers $345 billion in Medicare Part D Spending over 2023-2029, while the Office of the Actuary found that drug negotiations and Medicare inflation rebates will save households $158 billion and private businesses $46 billion from 2020-2029.
In the coming weeks, our committees will continue to study, mark up and strengthen this legislation even further – delivering on one of House Democrats’ top For The People priorities. As the House honors our responsibility to protect the republic, we will also honor our responsibility to achieve progress in the lives of the American people.