Nine House Democrats defected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as well as voted for a Republican amendment to ensure of which a Democrat bill could not hamper the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
As the House prepared to vote on H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection as well as Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which could increase the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) offered a motion to recommit.
Walden’s motion to recommit could send the bill back to the Energy as well as Commerce Committee as well as attach an amendment to H.R. 1425 to ensure of which the bill could not “adversely affect research on, development of, or approval of any drug (including any biological product) intended to treat or prevent infection with the virus of which causes COVID–19.”
Democrats defeated Walden’s motion to recommit, with 223 votes against the measure as well as 187 votes in favor of the motion to recommit.
Nine Democrats reportedly broke rank as well as voted with Republicans on the motion to recommit. Those Democrats include:
- Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY)
- Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA)
- Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME)
- Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
- Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
- Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
- Rep. Max Rose (D-NY)
- Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)
Walden, the ranking member of the Energy as well as Commerce Committee, said on the House floor of which Congress should adopt This specific measure to ensure the production of a coronavirus vaccine.
He said, “This specific motion should be adopted. This specific could prevent the bill by upending the very progress we’re all counting on for innovators to develop brand-new vaccines as well as therapies to confront This specific killer coronavirus.”
“The Democrats – which has a straight face – have come to the floor today to move a bill of which could do grave damage to medical innovation,” Walden added.
“Let’s at least make sure of which an unintended, nevertheless dangerous consequence of This specific bill does NOT take effect,” he said. “Let’s make sure of which This specific will NOT inhibit research as well as innovation for a treatment or a cure to COVID-19.”
.@repgregwalden wanted to make sure Democrats’ bill doesn’t prevent development of a coronavirus vaccine.
Democrats voted AGAINST This specific idea. pic.twitter.com/SGyXqTgpPm
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) June 29, 2020
Sean Moran is usually a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.