In the last few days two Sanders Amendments have been voted on. The first was an Amendment protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It failed on a tie vote: 49-49 with only 1 Republican supporting (Collins from Maine).
The other was a bill allowing the importation of drugs. As a reminder, this is not trivial. Drug costs are substantially lower in Canada than in the US. If you could legally import them it would create price pressure here.
In another thread I asked if Progressive Politics was even possible given Democratic reliance on big money donations.
This vote suggests it isn’t. Of course I can hear the cries against “purity tests” already.
You can see the corruption caused by big money. The bill failed 46-52. There were 13 Democratic No’s. Some are predictable – both NJ Senators, who essentially represent Pharma, were against it. Both Senators from Washington voted no – and I don’t honestly know why.
Some endangered incumbents in that list. They are making the calculation that the donations are more important than the vote. I suspect after the election in 2018 they will have raised substantial money from Pharma.
It gathered substantial GOP support :