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Ernst Endorses Grassley-Wyden Bipartisan Prescription Drug Bill

February 18,2020

Washington – Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today endorsed Senate
Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) bipartisan Prescription
Drug Pricing Reduction Act
, further growing the ranks of Senate
Republican support. Other Senate Republicans are expected to announce their
support for the bill in the coming days. Last week, Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)
Grassley’s bill.

Ernst pledged to lower drug prices, and her support for this bipartisan bill
shows that when she makes a promise, she keeps it,” Grassley said.
“Iowans know they can trust Senator Ernst to work hard, follow through and do
what it takes to get the job done. I’ve worked with Senator Ernst for more than
a year now to lower drug prices and hold bad actors accountable. Her support
will be critical in turning this legislation into law.”

nearly every town hall or other stop I make on my 99 County Tour, and even in
discussions around the kitchen table with my family members who depend on
life-saving medications, Iowans from every corner of the state have made it
clear that they want to see Congress address the skyrocketing cost of
prescription drugs. This issue is a top priority for me and it’s why I’ve been
working across the aisle on a number of proposals. While we’ve made some
progress, there’s more work to do,” Ernst said. “We need to take a hard
look at all the proposals on the table and come together to find solutions. I’m
working toward that end, and I hope many more will join me. I applaud my
colleague and friend Senator Grassley for his work and steadfast commitment to
providing relief to the countless Americans who are struggling to afford their

Grassley and Ernst worked
to pass the CREATES Act, which deters pharmaceutical companies
from blocking cheaper generic alternatives from entering the marketplace and
was signed into law last year.
his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called on Congress to
pass bipartisan prescription drug pricing legislation and recognized
Grassley’s leadership on the issue. Grassley’s and Ranking Member Ron Wyden’s
(D-Ore.) legislation is the only significant, bipartisan bill in Congress to
lower drug costs. Vice President Mike Pence has also
the Grassley-Wyden bill.

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