McMorris Rodgers Votes for Historic Bipartisan, Bicameral Opioids Legislation

Sep 28, 2018 | Communications •

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the final version of  the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6). This legislation will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. H.R. 6 is the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history, and will soon head to the president’s desk for signature.

H.R. 6 is the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history, and will soon head to the president’s desk for signature.

“Today is about real solutions and hope — hope for recovery, and hope for an end to this crisis that is wreaking havoc in our communities. Republicans made a promise to the American people that they would prioritize safer communities, and the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is another way that we are delivering. It builds on the dozens of bills passed in the House to focus on treatment and recovery, prevention, protecting our communities, and fighting fentanyl. I thank the Senate for working with us to get this bill across the finish line.”

NOTE: Included in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was language from Chair McMorris Rodgers’s  Protecting Seniors from Opioid Abuse Act of 2018 (H.R. 5684), which will help with prevention of opioid abuse among seniors by expanding eligibility for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services for Medicare beneficiaries who are at-risk for prescription drug abuse.