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Republican Leadership Press Conference:
April 13, 2016
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
Nick Yacoub (Guest)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Prepared:
“I’m so thankful to have Nick and Barbara here with us today to share their stories. The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc in towns – big and small — across America. Sadly, my home state of Washington is no exception.
“Drug-caused deaths involving opioids is on the rise statewide. I’ve seen numbers as high as 31% increases; What I’ve heard Nick say today is what I hear across Eastern Washington, too – no one can fight this alone. We can do more – and we should do more.
“This isn’t about politics – it’s about people young and old; moms and dads; those with great wealth and those without. It’s about survivors like Nick.
“If there’s one thing to keep in mind as we hear stories like Nick’s, it’s this: It is going to take more than one solution to address the spread of this epidemic — just like it takes more than one solution to cure addiction.
“Our work in the House is straightforward: And that’s real, bipartisan solutions that we hope will get signed into law. And that’s what we’re going to keep working on in the days and weeks ahead.”