Senate to vote next week on opioid package

Senate to vote next week on opioid package
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The Senate will vote next week on a package of bills aimed at curbing the nation's opioid epidemic, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans 13 things to know for today about coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) announced Thursday.

McConnell's spokesman said that Democrats had dropped their holds on the legislation.

Some Democrats had previously objected to a provision, calling it an earmark for an advocacy group funded by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

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The sweeping opioid package focuses on treatment and prevention as well as curbing the flow of illicit substances into the US.

One of the bills to be voted on was authored by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP senator to donate 2 months of salary in coronavirus fight Senators pen op-ed calling for remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on MORE (R-Ohio) and advocated by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE on Twitter last month.

The STOP Act aims to end the shipment of synthetic drugs like fentanyl to drug traffickers in the U.S.

The House passed its opioid package in June. If the Senate passes its package, the two chambers will have to reconcile differences before sending the legislation to Trump for a signature.