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Baucus criticized for role in fiscal cliff deal

Baucus-Legislature
Dylan Brown

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus addresses the Montana Legislature Thursday, Jan. 10, 213 in the House Chambers. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Dylan Brown)


Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is responding to critics who argue that a provision in this month’s fiscal cliff deal favored pharmaceutical companies at the expense of taxpayers.

Those critics have alleged that pharmaceutical giant Amgen, through aggressive lobbying aided by campaign donations, secured a deal that delayed Medicare price controls on a class of drugs that includes an Amgen drug used by kidney dialysis patients.

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