CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Ro Khanna, during a House floor speech Friday, issued a short stemwinder against the powerful pharmaceutical lobby.

Khanna asked why an amendment that would lower prescription drug costs by allowing imports from Canada was not including in the proposal that will replace the Affordable Care Act.

“It was appalling that 13 senate Democrats voted against the Sanders amendment,” said Khanna. “And they did so because the pharmaceutical industry is a cancer on this body. The pharmaceutical companies contributions are a cancer.”

Khanna’s comments might be ring a happy tone for some South Bay progressives who are still on the fence on whether the freshman congressmember will be a progressive in the mold of his predecessor Mike Honda.

However, his opposition to corporate campaign contributions, is not new. Khanna ran on a platform prohibiting his campaign from taking contributions from political action committees and lobbyists.