House Democrats, Republicans Unite Behind Opioids Bill

House Democrats, Republicans Unite Behind Opioids Bill

Sandhya Raman
Roll Call
September 28, 2018

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The House passed consensus legislation, 393-8, on Friday [September 28] intended to help combat the opioid crisis. The legislative compromise was finalized earlier this week, and now heads to the Senate for a final vote.

The two chambers came to an agreement on Tuesday, but made additional changes to the bill after the Congressional Budget Office initially estimated that the bill would increase the deficit by $44 million over the next 10 years.

Support for the bill

The bicameral opioid agreement is backed by a number of advocacy and stakeholder groups including the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Advocates for Opioid Recovery, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.