Sen. Ernst joins other republicans in endorsing bipartisan prescription drug prices bill

FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) became the latest Republican to sign on to a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. According to sources, Ernst announced her endorsement of the legislation Tuesday, which was drafted by fellow Iowan Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Ernst stated it is important to Iowa to have this bill addressed.

“At 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,” stated the Iowa senator.

Ernst is among a number of Republicans facing a potentially tough re-election, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who also supports the bill.

There are about 12 Republican senators who are currently in favor of the legislation.

While the White House supports the bill, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell admitted there are divisions over some provisions in the bill among the GOP and has declined to say when it will come up for a vote.

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Sen. Ernst: USMCA, China trade deals benefit farmers in long run

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks to the media prior to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is saying the president’s work on trade will benefit U.S. farmers in the long run. On Sunday, Ernst touted the USMCA and Phase One China deals, which were recently passed by Congress. She said farmers stand to gain the most from both agreements.

According to Ernst, the administration took the right approach by raising tariffs on China, which forced them to the negotiating table. She also said the White House acted responsibly by offering bailouts to farmers, which offset retaliatory tariffs from Beijing.

The senator said any negative effects from the trade war on farmers are only temporary.

“If you ask Iowa farmers, ‘Is the president doing the right thing?’ they will say, ‘Yes.’ One farmer said, ‘You know what, I’m tightening my belt. Things are tougher right now, but I know in the long run this is going to be better for my grandchildren. They won’t have to struggle with China cheating us the way we have experienced in the past.’” – Jodi Ernst, U.S. Senator (R-IA)

Ernst attended the signing of the Phase One trade deal with China last month, where she praised President Trump for “delivering real results for Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers.”

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Sen. Ernst blasts Democrats over double standards when it comes to Ukraine aid

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, walks in the U.S. Capitol on the first full day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is slamming Democrats for applying a double standard when it comes to how the Obama administration handled Ukraine aid compared to President Trump.

While taking to Twitter Thursday, she called Democrat House managers hypocrites and slammed them for criticizing the president over his decision to withhold aid to Ukraine when multiple Democrats voted against the very same bill that granted aid to the country in the first place.

Democrats have made President Trump’s brief decision to stop aid from entering Ukraine last year the key talking point in their impeachment trial. The Iowa senator also told reporters outside the hearings, the president has actually done more to help the people of Ukraine than the Obama administration did. He made the following comments:

“When did Russia roll their tanks into Crimea? That was 2014: Obama administration. How did the Obama administration react to that invasion of ukraine? they reacted by sending blankets. Blankets don’t throw lead down range. this administration, President Trump, provided lethal aid to the Ukrainian people, actually provided them an opportunity to defend themselves.”

While the Trump administration has sent what Sen. Ernst calls “lethal aid” to Ukraine, including high-powered anti-tank missiles, Obama opted to sent non-lethal aid during the 2014 invasion of Crimea.

The Iowa lawmaker also blasted multiple House Democrats for voting against numerous defense spending and aid bills, which would have provided military assistance to Ukraine. This included Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who has been extremely vocal against the president throughout the impeachment process.

Although the Obama administration did send millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine between 2014 and 2016, Republicans have argued the aid was non-lethal materials such as blankets, gas masks and night vision goggles. This is something Ukraine’s previous president blasted by saying, “one cannot win a war with a blanket.”

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