Portman Praises Additional $6 Billion in Opioid Funding, Calls for Adding Funding Through CARA Framework

February 9, 2018 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of a bipartisan budget agreement this morning:

“I’m pleased that this bill includes an additional $6 billion in funding over two years to help combat the opioid epidemic gripping Ohio and our country. I’ve been calling on Congress to provide more resources for this cause, and this new funding will build on the additional resources provided through the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and the CURES law. We’ve increased the funding over this fiscal year and last fiscal year by $1.4 billion through CARA and CURES, but we must do more. 

“CARA’s evidence-based programs provide a good framework for how this new funding can be spent effectively, including a number of programs focused on prevention, treatment and recovery programs, as well as programs that provide resources to law enforcement and first responders who are on the frontlines of this epidemic every day. We’ve made progress with CARA and CURES, but this additional funding is needed to help our communities turn the tide of addiction.  I was pleased to play a role in helping secure these additional resources and I’m committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure they are spent wisely.”

NOTE: The bipartisan agreement includes $6 billion over two years to bolster the ongoing fight against opioid addiction and substance abuse by funding prevention, treatment and recovery programs, and law enforcement efforts in vulnerable communities across the country.  Portman has been a leader in the Senate advocating for additional funding and more tools to combat this epidemic.  He delivered remarks on the Senate floor last night praising these additional resources and calling for Congress to take additional steps to combat this crisis. Here is a list of key Portman priorities in the bipartisan budget agreement passed by the Senate this morning.