The Iowa senator is calling on Congress to work together to address the rising costs of prescription drugs by supporting two more Senate proposals
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is encouraging Congress to come together on a solution to address the rising costs of prescription drugs by lending her support to two more Senate proposals. Ernst is joining in support of her fellow Iowan Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) bill, the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, as well as Senator Mike Crapo’s (R-ID) bill, the Lower Costs More Cures Act.
“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. This issue is a top priority for me and it’s why I’ve been working across the aisle on a number of proposals. While we’ve made some progress, there’s more work to do,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “We need to take a hard look at all the proposals on the table and come together to find solutions. I’m working toward that end, and I hope many more will join me.”
Senator Grassley said, “Senator Ernst pledged to lower drug prices, and her support for this bipartisan bill shows that when she makes a promise, she keeps it. Iowans know they can trust Senator Ernst to work hard, follow through and do what it takes to get the job done. I’ve worked with Senator Ernst for more than a year now to lower drug prices and hold bad actors accountable. Her support will be critical in turning this legislation into law.”
Senator Crapo said, “I share Senator Ernst’s steadfast commitment to lowering prescription drug costs for many Americans. I will continue working closely with her and others in the Senate to advance comprehensive legislation that will make medications more affordable, encourage advances in new cures and adhere to market-driven principles.”
Senator Ernst has long fought to lower prescription drug costs. She helped pass the CREATES Act through the Senate and to get it signed into law, which provides for more competition in the marketplace to help drive down costs.
In addition to the Grassley proposal and the Crapo proposal, Senator Ernst has helped introduce, cosponsor, or get signed into law the following bills targeting high health care and drug costs: