Appropriators in the House of Representatives have included $103 million for programs to address the abuse of opioids in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill. This money would help to fully fund the recently passed H.R. 5046, the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016. This spending level comes in below the $132 million to combat the opioid abuse epidemic included in the Senate measure advanced in April. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has appointed 21 Republicans and 14 Democrats to represent the House in a conference committee to reconcile the differences between each chamber’s version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will lead the Republicans and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) will lead the Democrats. The Senate has not named their conferees yet, and a final bill is expected to be negotiated and sent to the President’s desk by July.


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