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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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.

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Colo. community joins search for missing 11-year-old boy

11-year-old Gannon Stauch is pictured.(Photo/handout/El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)

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UPDATED 11:42 AM PT — Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Colorado community is looking for an 11-year-old boy, who has been missing for over a week. Gannon Stauch’s status was changed from runaway to “endangered” when authorities learned he is dependent on prescribed medication.

Police say he was last seen by his stepmother, who said he was on his way to a friend’s house down the street before he disappeared. She became concerned when he didn’t come home before dark, which is something she said was very “unlike him.”

In an effort to find Stauch, the community has come together to show their support.

“I came out my front door, I think it was Tuesday, and there were 300 people out there searching my neighborhood,” said Al Stauch, the father of the missing boy. “They blew me away, thank you everyone… thank you.”

As a way to express their emotions, dozens of neighbors and classmates decorated sidewalks and even created a sign reading: “Pray for Gannon.”

“He’s just been missing for a week now and I’m really scared,” said classmate Susy Salvidrez. “I wrote, ‘Gannon please come home.'”

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, the FBI and other agencies have joined volunteers in the search for Stauch. Authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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