Congress Passes Bills To Curb Opioid Abuse –– Without Any New Funding
The only money attached will help provide grants. It's hundreds of millions short of what the White House says it needs.By Eugene Daniels | May 12, 2016
Congress has taken a big bipartisan step this week to help combat heroin and painkiller abuse in America –– it just forgot to add the money.
The House has passed bills that provide, among other things, treatment for substance abuse and better education. On Thursday, a measure that would authorize more than $100 million in grants from 2017 to 2021 passed with near-unanimous support. The Senate passed its own plan in March.
But the caveat here is none of these bills provides any new money for the crisis — instead, the House is redirecting money from other sources to fund its proposals.