Is Pres. Obama flip-flopping on a promise to let Americans buy cheaper prescription drugs from other countries?
Here's what he said on the campaign trail last year:
"We'll tell the pharmaceutical companies, 'Thanks, but no thanks, for overpriced drugs'. Drugs that cost twice as much here as they do in Europe and Canada and Mexico.... we'll allow the safe reimportation of low-cost drugs from countries like Canada."
Seems the President forgot about making that comment.
With backing from the White House, the Senate has voted down measures that would have allowed low-cost drugs from other nations.
Tonight, we're keeping them honest. Joe Johns is tracking the reversal, which has links to the health care reform fight.
Speaking of health care, the debate was halted on the Senate floor today when Republicans insisted a 767-page amendment be read out load – word, for word.
By some estimates, the read-a-thon could have gone on for 12 hours, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who sponsored the amendment, withdrew the measure to stop the tactic in the third hour.
Sanders, an Independent, then blasted the GOP for trying to halt the U.S. government.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who started the reading, defended the tactic in a statement posted on his web site.
"The American people deserve to understand the competing approaches to reform in the U.S. Senate. It's unfortunate that Senator Reid waited until the last minute to introduce his bill and now wants to rush it through the Senate. This reading will provide a dose of transparency that has been lacking in this debate," Coburn wrote.
Across the aisle, Democrats are firing back.
"It's not a stretch at this time of year to think of Ebenezer Scrooge, who when asked for a contribution for those in need replied, "What, are there no poorhouses?" My Republican colleagues are acting Scrooge-like during this holiday season. They are holding so tightly to their political tactics that they are forgetting the needs of others, forgetting the very democratic values they profess so fiercely to protect," Sen. Robert Menendez, (D) New Jersey, said.
What do you think of the GOP tactic? Sound off below.
We're also tracking a mysterious story out of Texas. A 10-year-old boy was taken from his school bus by uniformed officers and returned to his father. It was all caught on tape. We'll show you the video. At the time, court officials believed the father should have custody. But now a warrant has been issued for the father, who's accused of using incomplete Mexican court documents to get his son.
Ever since the tense moment on that school bus last month, the boy and his father haven't been seen. Tonight, you'll hear from the boy's mother who wants her son returned.
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