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ICYMI: Grassley Expects Prescription Drug Bill to Pass by May 20

February 14,2020

Grassley talks prescription drug prices in Coralville

Speaking to a health-care
summit in Coralville on Friday, Grassley said he expects that the Prescription
Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 will pass by May 20.

Rylee Wilson

February 14, 2020

Chuck Grassley pushed his plan to lower prescription drug prices to health-care
professionals in Coralville on Friday, saying he expects the bipartisan bill to
pass by May 20.

reasons that’s an important date is because right before Christmas, there were
a lot of health-care programs that sunset, so they have to be extended,”
Grassley said in an interview with The Daily Iowan. “Usually we’d extend them
for a year or two, but we extended them just to the middle of this year so we’d
have a vehicle to move prescription drugs.”

healthcare programs are set to expire on May 22, including funding for
measuring Medicare and Medicaid quality and funding for community mental

told The DI he has a three-pronged approach to gaining bipartisan support for
the bill – negotiating with House speaker Nancy Pelosi, gaining more Republican
senate support, and getting endorsements from the President.

was mentioned by President Trump during the State of the Union on Feb. 4. Trump
said during the speech he would sign the bill immediately if it passed both
chambers of congress.

said support from Trump, as well as from Vice President Pence is helpful in
gaining more Republican support for the bill.

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