May 4, 2017

Whitehouse Statement on Passage of Omnibus Spending Bill

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the omnibus spending bill that passed the Senate today, which will keep the federal government funded through September:

“The bipartisan compromise agreed upon today rejects the Trump agenda and maintains our commitment to the vital programs Rhode Island families, businesses, and schools rely on.  And it for the first time funds programs established by my Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to fight opioid abuse and addiction in my state and across the country.  I’m glad that Congress could work together to uphold our responsibility to the people we represent.”

In July, President Obama signed into law Whitehouse’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which established a range of policies to prevent and treat addiction to opioid drugs, including programs to increase education on drug use, to expand medication-assisted treatment, to improve prescription drug monitoring programs, to support those in recovery, and to promote comprehensive state responses to the opioid crisis.


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