FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
UPDATED 6:23 PM PT — Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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.