Nine Democrats Defect, Back GOP Motion to Ensure Coronavirus Vaccine Development

Nine Democrats Defect, Back GOP Motion to Ensure Coronavirus Vaccine Development


Nine House Democrats defected from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and voted for a Republican amendment to ensure that a Democrat bill would not hamper the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

As the House prepared to vote on H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which would increase the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) offered a motion to recommit.

Walden’s motion to recommit would send the bill back to the Energy and Commerce Committee and attach an amendment to H.R. 1425 to ensure that the bill would not “adversely affect research on, development of, or approval of any drug (including any biological product) intended to treat or prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID–19.”

Democrats defeated Walden’s motion to recommit, with 223 votes against the measure and 187 votes in favor of the motion to recommit.

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