House Passes Bipartisan Opioid Bill

Breitbart | 6/22/2018 | Staff
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The House passed a major opioid bill on Friday that will serve as the vehicle to send to the Senate to combat the crisis.

The House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, with a 396-14 vote, featuring strong support from both Republicans and Democrats. The bill will serve as the bipartisan vehicle to send the majority of House-passed opioid bills to the Senate next week.

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House Energy and Commerce chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) sponsored the legislation.

Walden said in a joint statement with Reps. Brady, Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Richard Neal (D-MA) last week, “H.R. 6 will be an important step forward in our efforts to stem the tide of addiction by improving prevention and public health efforts, enhancing treatment and recovery programs, and providing communities more tools in our fight.”

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The House has already passed more than 25 opioid-related bills, which will be included in H.R. 6 as it moves to the Senate to be considered.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on the House floor Friday:

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That is because this legislation has to do with the deadliest drug crisis in our nation’s history.

The grim truth is this: More Americans have died from drug overdoses since the turn of the century than died in the Civil War.

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The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act would expand access to treatment and recovery services for opioid addicts, encourage non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain,...
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