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Ernst Leaning Toward Voting Yes on GOP Health Care Bill

September 21, 2017 10:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said Thursday she's leaning toward voting yes on the latest Republican bill to overhaul healthcare across the country.

The Iowa Republican made the comments at a town hall meeting in Charles City, where several dozen people gathered to ask her about pressing issues, including immigration and the federal budget.

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Ernst also shared her frustration with a lack of a bipartisan solution for health care, which she says is the most important issue Congress needs to tackle.

"It's really hard when you entrench yourself in one bill or another to bring everybody together," she said. "So we explored a number of different options and we ended up with several, we voted on several options in July, and came up with nothing."

When it comes to another national issue -- immigration-- Ernst said she supported rescinding former President Barack Obama's executive order protecting "Dreamers," saying it was a short-term solution and that Congress now needs to act.

"I even said during my political campaign, I kind of went out on a limb against some of my own base and said I do support DACA," she said.

Ernst also addressed an audience question about President Donald Trump's Twitter habits, saying he should put the phone down sometimes. She said she had mentioned that to the president but he told her they would agree to disagree.


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