KPRC Houston: Some go outside U.S. for lower prescription prices

"In America, pharmaceutical manufacturers are granted government-approved monopolies, and then nothing is done about their price gouging," said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, of San Antonio, wants to change that. He leads the Task Force on Prescription Drugs and recently sponsored the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act. "I joined several of my colleagues in introducing legislation calling for the importation of pharmaceuticals," Doggett said. "It's one of the ways we might force a little competition to try and reduce these monopoly prices." Doggett said as it is now, buying prescription drugs from other countries is technically... Keep Reading

PBS NewsHour: Who really benefits from GOP’s tax overhaul is battle point as House passes its bill

It's a big step for Republicans' tax overhaul plans: the House voted 227 to 205 to pass its version of the bill. While a new analysis suggests that the plans would increase taxes for middle and lower-income Americans, Republicans exuberantly deny that idea. Lisa Desjardins reports and Judy Woodruff gets perspectives from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas. Watch Congressman Doggett's interview here. Keep Reading

NYT: A Tax-Cut Bill to Make Scrooge McDuck Proud

The Republican tax proposals were bad from the get-go. But they have become steadily worse as they have been turned into bills, which seem so cartoonishly evil they could have been dreamed up by Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons.” Read the full story here. Keep Reading

SF Chronicle: GOP tax plan aims to trim college tuition benefits

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, addresses a rally against the proposed Republican tax reform bill outside the U.S. Capitol. The House plan would hit graduate students especially hard. The tax bill making its way through the House of Representatives contains a provision that would tax tuition waivers for graduate students. Because, as a community, we cannot pay our graduate students enough to make graduate school an option for any but the wealthiest students, we pay their tuition and fees in exchange for the work they do while enrolled. Some work as teaching assistants, while others spend time as research assistants. Under... Keep Reading

The Post Athens: What the GOP’s tax reform bill means for graduate student education

The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students promoted a mass phone call event Nov. 8 to call elected officials to oppose the new Republican tax reform bill. At its Tuesday meeting, Ohio University Graduate Student Senate passed a resolution that opposed the new GOP tax reform bill. Under the resolution, GSS members would distribute letters to administrators, advisers, legislators and other relevant members describing GSS’ opposition to that bill and asking that they “keep graduate students in mind” in their legislative and advocacy efforts. Read the full story. Keep Reading