WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said today that Congress has a responsibility to avoid another government shutdown and reach a bipartisan agreement to support the needs of our military and combat America’s opioid crisis:

“The last government shutdown was unnecessary and counter-productive.  We don’t need more political brinkmanship.  We need both parties to come together and reach a fair agreement to increase funding for our military and make key investments to combat this opioid crisis.  I’m pleased to see reports of progress between Leaders McConnell and Schumer towards a bipartisan agreement.  I would urge them to prioritize funding increases for our men and women in uniform as well as combating this opioid crisis.  We’ve made real progress in increasing opioid funding through CARA and CURES over the past two years, but this crisis is overwhelming our country and more must be done.  Let’s take this opportunity to show the American people we can work together, put their priorities first, and keep the government running.”

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