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  • Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016

    by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    Posted on 2016-06-16

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    SHAHEEN. Mr. President, I have a motion to instruct the conferees at the desk, which I ask the clerk to report.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the motion.

    The senior assistant legislative clerk read as follows: The Senator from New Hampshire [Mrs. Shaheen] moves that the managers on the part of the Senate at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on S. 524 (the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016) be instructed to insist that the final conference report include funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery associated with state and local efforts needed to combat the national heroin and opioid epidemic.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. There will be 2 minutes equally divided for debate.

    The Senator from New Hampshire.

    Mrs. SHAHEEN. Mr. President, the opioid crisis is a national public health emergency, and it is long past time that Congress treat it like one. It is shattering families and communities, especially in New Hampshire but also all across this country. In New Hampshire, we are losing a person a day to drug overdoses.

    The CARA bill is a good bill. I cosponsored it. I think it is important. But without real dollars, it is the equivalent of offering a life preserver with no air in it.

    I urge all of my colleagues to support this motion to instruct and support real funding in this bill.

    I ask for the yeas and nays.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second.

    The yeas and nays were ordered.

    Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, it is my understanding that the next vote, the Whitehouse vote, can go by a voice vote--sorry about that.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there debate in opposition to the Senator's motion? Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I yield back the remainder of our time.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. All time is yielded back.

    The question is on agreeing to the motion.

    The yeas and nays have been previously ordered.

    The clerk will call the roll.

    The senior assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

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