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Paige Kelly,

Progressives Target Rep. Kathleen Rice with Mobile Billboard For Blocking Plans to Lower Drug Prices


Today, Social Security Works and Organize for Justice (the c4 arm of Justice Democrats) launched a billboard campaign calling out Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) for siding with pharmaceutical corporations instead of her constituents.

On Wednesday, Rice cast a pivotal vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee against letting Medicare negotiate lower prices on prescription drugs. Rice received $84,259 in campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical and health industries.

A truck displaying the billboard will travel across New York's 4th Congressional District this week and next. The billboard will visit Rice's district office, as well as senior centers and nursing homes throughout the district, to make sure seniors know that Rice is voting to keep their drug prices high.

Ninety percent of voters in NY-04 support Medicare drug price negotiation.


"Rep. Kathleen Rice betrayed Long Island voters. She ran on a promise to take on big pharma's greed, and instead she is doing their bidding. We are going to make sure that everyone in her district knows that she is bought and paid for by Big Pharma," said Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works.

"Rep. Kathleen Rice is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with status quo corporate politicians. For years, Rep. Rice has deceived her constituents by claiming to support the lowering of prescription drugs but when she had the chance to represent the 90 percent of her constituents who support giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices, she voted against her constituents and stood with Big Pharma instead," said Alexandra Rojas, Executive Director of Justice Democrats and Board President of Organize for Justice.

Social Security Works' mission is to: Protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations; Safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security; and Maintain Social Security as a vehicle of social justice.