Republican Leadership Press Conference:
May 11, 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)
U.S. Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN)
U.S. Representative Bob Dold (R-IL)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:
“Let me express my sincerest thanks to Alex’s family for being here this morning and joining us in representing thousands across the country right now that are directly impacted.
“I also want to recognize the leadership and commitment of Representative Bob Dold and Representative Susan Brooks on this important issue.
“As we come together this morning, we’re reminded of the pain and suffering this epidemic has brought to families, neighborhoods, and communities in every zip code across this country.
“For years I have actually been working on legislation to ensure proper use of prescriptions.
“And through that work, I can tell you that this issue is personal. Sadly, you don’t have to go far to hear stories.
“Last week I visited a pharmacy in Spokane, located right next to a high school that’s facing unprecedented opioid abuse and overdoses. They’re doing everything they can to combat it, but it’s heartbreaking.
“As I spent time talking to the individuals gathered, I couldn’t help but think of the words of addiction survivor, Nick Yacoub. He recently shared with everyone in this very room: Survivors aren’t bad people trying to be good. They’re sick people trying to get well.
“No one can fight this battle alone – nor should they.
“The bills we’ll pass this week will increase our understanding about the crisis, promote innovative care, and work together to combat the stigma against those seeking help.
“At the end of the day, we’re in this together. These are our communities – our hometowns. As their voices in the House of Representatives, we are committed to working together with local leaders to find the best solutions to end this epidemic and restore America’s promise and confidence in their futures.”