ASHINGTON — In January, it seemed like 2017 would be the year when Congress would finally take steps to rein in pharmaceutical prices. But despite President Trump’s repeated criticism of the drug industry and Democrats’ apparent willingness to work with him on the issue, no major piece of legislation has gained traction.

One legislator thinks it’s still possible: Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who sits on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which oversees the FDA. Throughout his tenure in Washington, Welch has been outspoken on what he sees as systematic price gouging by drug makers.

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