On Friday Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) proclaimed victory on a measure that he authored-the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, or H.R. 6.
Following up on House passage of more than 30 bipartisan bills last week to fight the opioid crisis, the House passed 10 additional bills this week combating the epidemic, with Representative Tom Graves' support. It also aims at reducing the trafficking of Chinese fentanyl into the United States by giving law enforcement new tools to detect suspicious packages in the mail. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told the story of his press secretary, Erin Perrine, whose brother, Eamon, died of a drug overdose in 2016.
As reported by the Washington Times, the main objectives of the bill target the expansion of treatment options for opioid addiction, the reduction of narcotic pills in circulation legally and illegally, and increased efforts put forth to curb the flow of fentanyl into the country through an often porous southern border shared with Mexico.
"Today, we have an opportunity to continue our work in combating this crisis, an opportunity to save lives, and we can not let it pass", said Rep. Walden.
"Even a wedding chapel". The House had already passed a bevy of pieces of legislation that address opioid abuse, but this bill combines them into one measure that will operate as the legislative vehicle to send a package to the Senate.
"The chairmen and ranking members of those committees (Commerce, Finance, HELP and Judiciary) are now working on an agreement for floor consideration of the package of bills", Don Stewart said. "The Leader is obviously a strong supporter of the bills we've passed and the bills that are coming to the floor".
"President Donald J. Trump and his Administration's ongoing work to tackle this important issue could not be possible without complementary legislation from our allies in Congress", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Also folded into the bill was a measure known as Jessie's Law, which requires the government to come up with guidelines for doctors and hospitals on how to best display a patient's addiction history to prevent relapse. "We look forward to continuing our work with Congress on a problem that affects everyone and that should be solved by everyone". Two of the provisions are bills introduced by Congressman Griffith that had previously passed the House. "Enacting this legislation will be another step in our long but worthwhile effort to ameliorating and then ending this crisis once and for all".