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House Funds Guthrie Opioid Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed two Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations packages. This legislation included funding for Congressman Brett Guthrie’s (KY-02) Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act.

“Last year, I was proud to introduce the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act, a bill that will help Kentuckians access a full range of treatments for opioid-use disorders,” said Guthrie. “Most treatment facilities only offer one type of treatment, but treatment for opioid use disorder is not one-size-fits all. A 12-step program or medication may work for one person, but not for everyone. Today’s legislation allocates $2 million in funding for new comprehensive centers that will offer all FDA-approved treatments, counseling, wrap around services and evidence based treatments for those suffering from opioid use disorder. I want to especially thank Leader McConnell for his help securing this funding language in the final bill.”

In addition, the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense appropriations bill funds the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which Congressman Guthrie supported last week. 

“Our brave men and women in our Armed Forces put their lives on the line for us every day,” said Guthrie. “I was proud to vote for the defense appropriations bill that will fully fund a well-deserved pay raise for our troops and will ensure that our country is safe from threats both home and abroad.”

The Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations packages:

  • Prioritize national security and provide new funding for the border wall;
  • Give the troops a 3.1% pay increase;
  • Provide funding for apprenticeship programs and workforce grants;
  • Fund Congressman Guthrie’s EMPOWER Care Act until May 22, 2020;
  • Fund rural broadband initiatives;
  • And protect miner pensions and health benefits.