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 McConnellGOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Republicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump Overnight Energy: Students around globe demand climate action | EPA bans consumer sales of deadly chemical in paint strippers | Green New Deal set for Senate vote 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 moves to rein in president's emergency powers The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget MORE (R-Ohio) and advocated by President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting 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.