Hagedorn: Bipartisan Solutions Will Drive Down Cost of Prescription Drugs

May 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) supports bipartisan efforts to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans. 

Hagedorn supports H.R. 965, introduced by Democrat Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01), to push lower-cost generic drugs to market. In effect, the legislation would penalize branded drug makers that withhold samples from generic manufacturers. 

Hagedorn is also a cosponsor of H.R. 2700, offered by Republican Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26). This bill expands low-cost drug options and generic competition, and funds community health centers and other public health programs, including a diabetes program.

These bipartisan solutions stand in stark contrast to H.R. 987, an Obamacare bailout bill that Democrats brought to the House floor tonight. The Washington Post summarized Democrat’s political gamesmanship on H.R. 987 with this headline: "Democrats are putting a political pothole in the way of bipartisan drug pricing bills.”

H.R. 987 annually authorizes hundreds of millions of dollars to address Obamacare’s failures. The bill would also cause millions of Americans to lose their health care plans. For those reasons, Hagedorn voted against H.R. 987. 

“It’s clear Speaker Pelosi has no intention to pass bipartisan legislation to solve the challenges facing America,” said Hagedorn. “I will keep working across the aisle to build the coalitions needed to pass meaningful legislation and drive down the cost of prescription drugs.”  

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.