The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), has been active in pushing legislation to combat and solve the opioid crisis. Over the last two weeks, the House successfully passed over 70 bills – a number of which were sponsored by Ways and Means Members – focused on this issue.
Specifically, these bipartisan bills would disrupt the supply chain of fentanyl, promote the education of doctors and patients on the negative effects of opioids, expand access to non-opioid alternatives, and combat abuse of opioids in hospitals and communities.
As Chairman Brady said:
“The impacts of the opioid crisis reach every community across the nation, and Congress is taking major action to fight back. Every one of our 40 members on the Ways and Means Committee had a hand in the proposals that we are now sending to the Senate. I applaud them for their commitment to combating this crisis. While we still have a long way to go, this legislation makes meaningful strides to help millions of Americans and starts the recovery from this terrible epidemic.”
Here are the headlines highlighting the House’s commitment to fighting this crisis:
- Washington Post: Opioids come from China in the U.S. mail. Here’s how to stop it.
- The Hill: Lawmakers reach deal on bill to crack down on synthetic opioid imports
- NBC: House passes massive package to address opioids crisis
- CBS: House passes bipartisan legislation on opioids
- ABC: House passes comprehensive bill to combat growing opioid epidemic
- CNN: House approves massive opioids legislation
- CNBC: House passes largest opioid bill in recent history
- New York Times: House approves bill expanding treatment for opioid abuse
- Politico: House overwhelmingly passes final opioid package
- Washington Times: House passes sweeping opioids bill
- Roll Call: House passes bipartisan opioid bill package
- Washington Examiner: House approves massive bill to fight opioid addiction
- The Hill: House passes bipartisan bill to fight opioid crisis