Upton, Grassley, Goodlatte, Alexander, and Hatch Hail Agreement to Combat Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, DC – After this morning’s meeting of House and Senate opioid conferees, bicameral leaders announced that a conference report has been filed. The conference report will be considered by the House Rules Committee tonight, and is expected to be on the House floor on Friday. Legislative text is available here. To view a copy of the Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of the Conference, click here.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) issued the following statement on the House-Senate deal:
“Americans are suffering, overdoses are surging across the country at an alarming rate, and communities are being torn apart. This epidemic deserves immediate attention. Working together, we’ve got a thoughtful and substantial solution, one that has already achieved near unanimous support in both the House and Senate, and will help every single community. We are proud to welcome the support of 200 advocacy groups on the frontlines of the recovery effort. It’s time to come together, put politics aside, and get the job done. We’ve got an epidemic on our hands, and we are very close to delivering immediate help.”
The conference report was signed by all Republican conferees.
Click HERE to view the letter of support online. Click HERE for more information on today’s meeting of conferees, to watch an archived video of the conference (or click HERE to watch it in 20 seconds).