Tuesday, January 31st, 2017


Linda Benesch, [email protected]

Senate Democrats Are Absolutely Right to Boycott Vote on Tom Price

(Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, in reaction to Senate Finance Committee Democrats boycotting the vote on Tom Price:

“I enthusiastically endorse the decision of Senate Democrats to boycott the vote on Tom Price. Price has a long record of working to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — vital programs that Donald Trump promised the American people he would protect. As Health and Human Services Secretary, Price would have authority over Medicare and Medicaid. He would also be a trustee of Social Security and Medicare (as would Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin, who Democrats are also rightfully blocking.)

On top of his horrific record, Price is also facing serious allegations of insider trading, lining his own pockets at the American people’s expense. He lied during his testimony and said he had not gotten a privileged, discounted offer from a big pharma company, when in fact he did. Given that Price is a liar and his far-right policy views blatantly contradict Trump’s campaign promise, Democrats are absolutely right to block him by any means necessary.”