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Franken secures Senate hearing on high drug prices

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Tuesday he secured a bipartisan Senate hearing on the rising cost of prescription drugs, a front-burner issue for millions of families and seniors in Minnesota and across the country.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Tuesday he secured a bipartisan Senate hearing on the rising cost of prescription drugs, a front-burner issue for millions of families and seniors in Minnesota and across the country.

On Monday, Franken and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R- La., and other bipartisan members pressed the Senate Health Committee Chairman to convene the hearing so that committee members can investigate how to address the nationwide drug price crisis. Today, in response, Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., agreed to the request.

"Without question, we need to bring down prescription drug spending," said Franken, a member of the Senate Health Committee, in a news release. "No American should have to skip meals or turn off their heat in order to afford needed medications, but right now, that's exactly what's happening. Big drug corporations are putting profits before people and setting prices far beyond the reach of Minnesotans. I'm glad I could help secure a bipartisan hearing to discuss skyrocketing prescription drug costs-and I'm thankful to Chairman Alexander for responding to my request so quickly-because families and seniors are increasingly unable to afford their medications and they demand action. At the hearing, I look forward to talking about my comprehensive legislation to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, because it includes real solutions to real problems facing Minnesotans."

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