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House Dems introduce bill to provide $45B for opioid epidemic

House Dems introduce bill to provide $45B for opioid epidemic
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Four House Democrats introduced a bill Thursday to provide $45 billion over 10 years to fight the opioid epidemic.

In late October, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency — a move that didn’t free up millions of dollars to fight the increasing rate of opioid overdose deaths.

Democratic lawmakers and many advocates have said additional funding is needed to combat the crisis for an emergency declaration to be effective.

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The bill is a companion to one nearly 20 Senate Democrats have signed on to in the upper chamber. The move was a nod to the amount of funding Republicans included in failed legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare in part to offset the legislation’s changes to Medicaid.

Democratic Reps. David Loebsack (Iowa), Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.), Carol Shea-PorterCarol Shea-PorterOvernight Energy — Presented by Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance — Trump expected to push pipelines next year | Lawmakers want answers on cancelled wildlife refuge enforcement program | Interior implements new rules for science Democrats want answers on cancellation of officer program at wildlife refuges Election Countdown: What to watch in final primaries | Dems launch M ad buy for Senate races | Senate seats most likely to flip | Trump slump worries GOP | Koch network's new super PAC MORE (N.H.) and Grace NapolitanoGraciela (Grace) Flores NapolitanoLive coverage: Senate Judiciary to vote on Kavanaugh confirmation House passes bipartisan water infrastructure bill House panel approves water infrastructure bill MORE (Calif.) introduced the measure in the House.