Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On President Trump’s Work on Prescription Drug Pricing
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Last night, former Vice President Biden said that President Trump “hasn’t lowered drug costs for anybody.”
This is false.
And I hope the news media call out Mr. Biden for this lie.
Among several other actions, President Trump launched an initiative to lower the out-of-pocket costs of insulin for seniors through the Medicare Part D program.
President Trump also recently signed an executive order that will launch several programs to lower drug costs and help seniors afford their medicines.
More disingenuous than this claim from Mr. Biden is that it was actually the vice president’s former Democratic colleagues here in the Senate who walked away from the negotiating table and killed any hope of passing legislation to lower prescription drug costs before the election.
This was an effort by Minority Leader Schumer and his Democratic members to hurt President Trump and Senate Republicans.
And Mr. Biden seems content to capitalize on his own party’s obstruction.
Now, I’ve come to expect election year partisan politics such as this.
But during a pandemic that’s left hundreds of thousands dead and millions unemployed, it’s particularly egregious that Democrats have decided it’s more important to hurt Republicans than help Americans.
I’m sorry to say this is the truth of the matter.
It will be up to Democrats to make it right.
I’m not holding my breath, but I do hope voters hold accountable a party that’s failed in its basic duty to put people ahead of politics.