Prepared Floor Remarks by
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Chairman, Senate Finance
Wednesday, February 5,
Last night, in his State of the Union address, President
Trump called on Congress to put bipartisan legislation to lower prescription
drug prices on his desk.
Here are the facts. The House is controlled by Democrats.
The Senate requires bipartisanship to get any legislating done. There are only
a couple months left before campaign season will likely impede anything from
being accomplished in Congress.
So the time to act is now. I’m calling on my colleagues on
both sides of the aisle to get off the sidelines and work with me and Senator
Wyden, as President Trump already is, to heed that call to action and pass the Prescription
Drug Pricing Reduction Act.
It’s the only significant bipartisan bill in town. President
Trump, the AARP and the libertarian CATO think tank have all endorsed it.
If you’re serious about fulfilling promises to lower drug
costs, my office door is open. It’s time for the Senate to act.
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