What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : Sense of the House Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Speed the Approval Process of Generic (Less Expensive) Drugs.
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Sense of the House Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Speed the Approval Process of Generic (Less Expensive) Drugs.
house Roll Call 434     Oct 02, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

Frequently, legislation is passed by one legislative body but not the other; in those cases, the measure is defeated for that congressional session. Towards the end of the 2002 congressional session, House GOP leaders drafted several "sense of the House" resolutions which stated that Congress (i.e. the Senate) should act on several House-passed bills. In contrast to other legislation, sense of the House resolutions are non-binding and lack the force of law. In response to the GOP's "blame-game" legislative strategy, Democrats proposed several resolutions of their own which in turn admonished the House for inaction on Senate-passed legislation. On this vote, Congressman Burr (R-NC) motioned to table (or strike down) a sense of the House resolution proposed by Congressman Brown (D-OH). The Brown resolution would have urged the House to adopt legislation to speed the approval process of generic drugs. Progressives opposed the tabling motion based on their support for Brown's resolution. In the view of Progressives, generic drugs should be available to consumers as quickly as possible as a way to defray the often enormous costs of brand-name prescription drugs. The motion to strike down the Brown resolution was adopted by a 212-204 vote margin.

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