Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) held a press conference this morning where they announced new legislation to bring down prescription drug prices. Their legislation, the Transparent Drug Pricing Act of 2019, ensures pharmaceutical companies can’t charge Americans more than consumers in other parts of the world. It would also force insurance companies and pharmacies to disclose the real price of drugs.
“It’s infuriating to watch the big pharma companies abuse American families again and again by charging them outrageous prices for lifesaving medicines. We need to lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds prescription drug pricing. Insurance companies need to be up front about what consumers will pay for prescription drugs and pharmacies need to disclose the lowest price available. It’s common sense,” Senator Hawley said.
Following Google CEO Meeting with President Trump, Senator Hawley Calls on Google to Publicly Address Its Partnership with China
Today, Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking him to address the company’s refusal to work with the United States Department of Defense while partnering with China on artificial intelligence initiatives.
“The Army Corps of Engineers is an agency in search of a plan. After my meeting with the Corps, I am even more alarmed at the agency’s lack of clear priorities: agency leadership detailed eight different priorities, many in tension with one another, none of them integrated into a clear operating plan. The Corps is hamstrung on the one hand by radical environmentalist lobbyists that are forcing the agency to prioritize wildlife over farmers. This is made worse by the fact that Congress has failed...
“The Green New Deal would not only ship manufacturing jobs to China; it would just make Silicon Valley richer at the expense of workers and farmers in Missouri. The Green New Deal is a war on rural America. The last thing we need is another sweetheart deal where Wall Street and Silicon Valley get richer while the Heartland gets hosed.”
During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, Senator Josh Hawley raised concerns to Secretary of the Army Mark Esper about the Army Corps of Engineers’ role in the historic flooding taking place in Missouri. Last Friday, Senator Hawley surveyed flood damage in Holt County and heard numerous concerns from constituents about the Army Corps’ responsiveness and potentially misplaced priorities leading up to the flooding.
In Exchange with Hawley, Chair of Joint Chiefs Declares Google Providing “Direct Benefit” to China’s Military
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford confirmed that Google’s work in China is directly benefitting the Chinese military when responding to a line of questioning from Senator Hawley during today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing...
“National Ag Day is an opportunity to celebrate the very best of America, our farmers and ranchers. I come from a farming family, so this is personal for me. Every day I’m honored to get to fight for Missouri’s ag community and our way of life in the United States Senate.”
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, Senator Josh Hawley led a heated back and forth with a Google representative over the company’s tracking and data collection. Senator Hawley scrutinized Google’s lack of transparency around the information it collects when Android users turn location services off, highlighting the fact they continue to gather customers’ valuable, personal information even when a phone is not in use.
Senators Hawley and Markey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Internet Companies from Spying on Children
“Big tech companies know too much about our kids, and even as parents, we know too little about what they are doing with our kids’ personal data. It’s time to hold them accountable. Congress needs to get serious about keeping our children’s information safe, and it begins with safeguarding their digital footprint online.”