Durbin: Senate Dems will back opioid bill
 
 
Asked whether the caucus would support the House-passed measure, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat told reporters, "yes, [but] making the point that it's unfunded." 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Last week, the House overwhelmingly passed the agreement in a 407-5 vote, though Democrats refused to sign off on the conference report. 
 
But both Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell warns Democrats not to change filibuster rule Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump wants executive order on policing; silent on pending bills MORE (D-Nev.) and the White House have held off from saying they would oppose the legislation over the funding fight.
 
Reid on Tuesday called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act conference report a "start" but also a "missed opportunity." 
 
"The reason for that is the Republicans refuse to allocate money for this legislation," he said from the Senate floor. "In conference, Republicans again rejected our efforts to insert funding into the report. Authorizing legislation is a start, but without resources, it's very, very meaningless." 
 
Republicans rejected two amendments during the conference that would have added $920 million to the drug prevention legislation. 
 
The Senate is expected to vote on the conference report as early as Wednesday, when Republicans will need support from at least six Democrats to move forward with the legislation. 
 
 
“There’s no reason every senator shouldn’t support it now," he said. "The sooner we send this bill to the president’s desk, the sooner we can help our communities begin to heal from the prescription opioid and heroin crisis."