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AARP Disappointed By Senate Vote Against Lower Prescription Drug Prices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2009

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AARP Disappointed By Senate Vote Against Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement following the Senate’s vote against a bipartisan amendment to allow for the safe and legal importation of lower-cost prescription drugs. The amendment, sponsored by Sens. Dorgan, Snowe, McCain, Grassley and Stabenow, was an AARP-designated “Key Vote.”

“AARP is disappointed that the Senate rejected this smart, bipartisan legislation to help bring down prescription drug prices for millions of Americans. For more than 50 years, AARP has been fighting to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable for older Americans. Safe and legal importation is one step toward affordability that we have long supported, and we will continue to work with lawmakers to implement this provision without unnecessary roadblocks.

“Tonight, senators had a choice between meaningful savings for their constituents and higher profits for the drug industry. We’ll be letting our members know where they stood.”

AARP notified the 111th Congress that it was tracking roll call votes on key legislation important to its nearly 40 million members and reporting the outcomes of these votes back to its members and all older Americans at www.aarp.org/governmentwatch. AARP’s Government Watch is a one-stop online portal that will be tracking and publicizing every designated Key Vote on issues facing Americans age 50-plus. A “Key Vote Summary” highlighting votes on these issues will be published at the end of each congressional session.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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