This morning, Congress passed, and the president signed into law, a bipartisan budget agreement that includes an additional $6 billion in funding over  two years to combat the opioid epidemic gripping Ohio and our country. Portman has been vocal in calling on Congress to provide more resources for this cause, saying on the Senate floor just last night that “the degree of damage that this is causing to our communities, and to our families, and to our budgets locally, to our criminal justice system, requires us to take a more aggressive role at the national level.” The funding builds on funding provided through Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and the CURES Act. Here is a look at what is being said about Portman’s efforts to secure additional funding:

  • “The agreement allocates $6 billion over two years to fight opioid addiction, a major priority of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who has spearheaded the Senate push to address what he says is a nationwide crisis.” — The Hill
  • “Senators are aiming for more money to combat the opioid epidemic as Congress inches closer to a bipartisan deal on spending levels…Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said he wants to at least keep the minimum dedicated opioid funding that has been made in 2017 and 2018. That extra funding came as part of the 21st Century Cures Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which Portman sponsored…’We have been able to get $1.4 billion of additional funding this year and last year,’ he told the Washington Examiner. ‘We want to continue on that and build on that.’… Portman said he would like to add more money.’” — Washington Examiner
  • “Congress is poised to write the U.S. government its largest-yet check to fight opioid abuse — but the next thing to watch is how the funds will be spent… ‘Every day approximately 11 Ohioans die from unintended drug overdoses,’ Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in a statement. ‘This crisis is overwhelming Ohio and our country. The funding in this proposal would be another important step in the fight against this epidemic.’” — Washington Post
  • “Right now Ohio Senator Rob Portman is speaking on the Senate floor about something near and dear to his heart: the opioid addiction crisis here in Ohio…” — Cincinnati WCPO

NOTE: Portman has been a leader in the fight for more funding to combat this crisis. Portman worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to right opioid abuse in the CURES Act and $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs through his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA).

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