“The House on Friday almost unanimously approved legislation to combat opioid overdoses after Democrats dropped their opposition to the bill at the last minute.
The 407-5 vote all but assures that the legislation will sail through the Senate and head to President Obama’s desk next week. The bill, a top priority for GOP leaders, is expected to be one of Congress’s biggest achievements this year.
One of the leaders of the effort, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), called it “the most serious and comprehensive effort ever untaken by this body to tackle this problem.”
The bill’s fate had been in flux as recently as Thursday because Democrats said it provided far too little funding for treatment, and they had refused to sign off on the final report.”
Source: TheHill.com – July 8, 2016
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