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Democrats took to the Senate floor ahead of the vote to express their disappointment that most Republicans had rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to include $600 million in emergency funding
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who supported the legislation, slammed Republicans, saying, "They want to do things on the cheap, they want to pass things to pat ourselves on the back." But Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), argue there's approximately $400 million included in last year's omnibus spending bill that could be directed to CARA. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) quickly fired back that that wasn't a "factual statement," because he believes money under the omnibus has already been obligated.
McConnell gave a shoutout to Portman and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on the Senate floor Thursday morning, saying the New Hampshire Republican "cares deeply about this issue and has studied the problem carefully." Democrats have targeted Portman and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), suggesting they are touting CARA while brushing over mixed voting records on opioid abuse funding. Both of the senators voted against a spending bill late last year that included extra funding to help comba
Government cannot and should not be paying for everything
Maybe it would be cheaper to stop prosecuting drug laws and then use the money to pay for treatment.
originally posted by: Glassbender777
So this bill, does it really only offer help after the problem has occurred. Its like putting a band aide on a Gun Shot wound. it may coverup the problem for a bit, but eventually its going to bleed through. Although I see no real answer to the problem without a complete overhaul to the way medicine especially Pain meds and Benzos are prescribed on a such a large scale. The Pharmaceutical giants, all the way down to the Overseas drug traffickers would need to be dealt with. And since Opium comes from a plant for the most part, besides a bit of synthetic made. So until a region starts to make more money for planting cotton or food rather than poppy plants this problem will remain. I personally think THe US helped to create this mess, by the Afghan war, and what is now their most widely exported product, Opium.