January 21, 2022

Democrats Urge Scaled-Back Build Back Better Act

Democrats in the House of Representatives continue to explore every possible avenue to pass a version of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act this year.

After the $2.2 trillion Build Back Better Act passed the House back with multiple provisions to lower drug prices and other benefits for seniors in November, it faced stiff opposition from Sen. Manchin. That opposition has pushed many House Democrats to acknowledge that any new version of the bill will have to be scaled back in size and scope.

With Manchin already on record endorsing major components of the bill, like cutting prescription drug costs, many of the House Democrats seem increasingly willing to accept concessions.

“The Alliance fully supported the Build Back Better Act that passed the House,” said Joseph Peters, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance. “However, reining in prescription drug prices is too important to just give up. As long as Americans pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs and seniors are bearing the brunt of it, the Alliance will keep working with lawmakers to address the situation.”

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