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 McConnellFord's lawyer: Hearing doesn't appear to be designed for 'fair', 'respectful' treatment GOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw 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 PortmanGraham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (R-Ohio) and advocated by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown 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.