Rubio backs bill to curb drug abuse
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSchumer: GOP will break from Trump within months GOP loses top Senate contenders How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? MORE is signing on to a bill to combat drug abuse as he competes in the presidential primary in New Hampshire, which has one of the nation's worst rates of opioid abuse.  

 
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"It’s important to ensure that proper treatment services are there for those who are seeking help or who have fallen through the cracks, and this bill will help them get the care they deserve," Rubio said. 
 
Rubio's support for the legislation comes as the issue has gained prominence in the 2016 presidential election particularly in New Hampshire, which has its primary on Tuesday. The Florida senator took third place in the Iowa caucuses and has been hoping for at least a second-place showing in the early-voting state.
  
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the Portman-Whitehouse bill Thursday.
 
Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP rep on Trump: 'God has used imperfect people to do great things before' McConnell: 'Winners make policy, losers go home' Senate eyeing vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee by Easter MORE (R-Ky.) suggested late last month that the Senate would try to pass legislation this year and that lawmakers were "anxious" to see what gets passed out of the committee. The Obama administration is also seeking $1 billion to fight the epidemic.
 
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump wants to cut red tape? He should start with the CFPB. Why President Trump should choose Maureen Ohlhausen to lead the FTC Trump to speak at CPAC MORE, who is competing with Rubio for the GOP nomination, has not formally signed on to the Portman-Whitehouse legislation. The Texas Republican, however, has repeatedly discussed his half-sister's struggle with drug addiction and eventual death during the campaign, including at a forum last week in New Hampshire.