I’m very proud to announce that the CREATES Act (H.R. 965), my bipartisan legislation to drive down costs of prescription drugs, was signed into law today! This bill makes it easier for generic drugs to come to market by putting banning big pharma’s delay tactics that end up costing taxpayers and patients more money for the same medicines.
According to an AARP report published earlier this year, high prescription drug prices have forced more than one out of five Rhode Islanders to stop taking medication as prescribed by their doctor. Over a five-year period, from 2012 to 2017, the cost of name brand drugs used to treat cancer, diabetes, and heart disease rose substantially (67%, 61%, and 95%, respectively).
The CREATES Act will bring down prescription drug costs considerably, some by as much as 80%, and save taxpayers more than $3.9 billion according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. I’m proud to see this bill signed into law, and I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf to increase access to quality, affordable health care.
Securing More Wins for Rhode Island
Earlier this week, the House passed bipartisan proposals to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. This means more federal funding for programs that are important to Rhode Islanders. The two funding packages passed the Senate yesterday, and the President is expected to sign them into law later today.
I fought hard to ensure that the funding bills include the following:
•$185 billion, including record-setting base funding, for Title I schools, Head Start, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant to provide hardworking families with pathways for affordable health care, better schools, and good-paying jobs.
•$1.25 billion to provide high-quality afterschool programs.
•$25 million for gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), the first time either agency has been able to use federal dollars to conduct research on this crisis.
•More than $61 billion to create jobs and improve safety by rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.
•A $208 million increase for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), totaling $9 billion in funding, to ensure clean air and water, and to bring polluters to justice.
•$20.1 million for Special Olympics Programs at the Department of Education.
•$425 million for election security to grants and states to protect and secure our elections systems from foreign interference.
•$80 billion for VA medical care to fulfill America’s responsibility to its veterans, including funding for homelessness assistance and suicide prevention and outreach.
Rhode Islanders deserve to know that government is working for them, and that's exactly what we've done with these funds. The funding packages will help create full-time, good paying jobs in Rhode Island, strengthen our public education, improve public safety, and secure our elections. Thank you for your continued to support as I work to make our state an even better place to call home.
My Vote to Impeach President Trump
As you know by now, I voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald J. Trump for his abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The facts are undisputed. The president abused the enormous power of his office for his own personal benefit when he solicited foreign interference to help him in his re-election campaign.
The President got caught, he confessed, and then he obstructed the investigation into his own misconduct. In doing so, he undermined the American peoples' right to free and fair elections, jeopardized our national security, and remains a clear and present threat to our democracy.
No one runs for Congress to impeach a President. But President Trump’s grave misconduct left me with no other choice. When you sent me to Washington, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. On Wednesday, I voted to honor that oath.
You can click here to view my remarks on the House floor in support of both articles of impeachment.
As always, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns, please call my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov.
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David N. Cicilline
Member of Congress