Schumer says 'very few' outstanding issues on opioids package

Schumer says 'very few' outstanding issues on opioids package
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday there are only two outstanding issues left to be negotiated on a bill that would tackle the opioid crisis in the U.S. 

Democrats and Republicans have been working on hammering out the differences in the Senate opioid bill before bringing it for a vote as soon as this week.

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"We're making very good progress. I have to give Sen. McConnell credit. This is something we're working very well together on," Schumer said during a press conference Wednesday. 

"There are a large number of amendments by both Democrats and Republicans... We have a few more issues outstanding. Very few. Two, actually," he said. 

He added that he talked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season Trump: McConnell should keep Senate in session until nominees are approved MORE (R-Ky.) on the floor "and I hope we can get this done and get it done quickly."

McConnell said last week the bill could come up for a vote as soon as this week. While Republicans have signed off on the package, he said, Democrats have objections.

However, Democrats have not indicated what those objections are. 

The House passed its opioid package in June. If the Senate passes its package, the two chambers will have to reconcile the differences before sending it to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE for his signature.