The Day – Published May 17. 2016 9:28PM | Updated May 18. 2016 5:48PM
Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, was appointed Tuesday by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the conference committee charged with crafting legislation to address the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, Courtney’s office announced.
Also appointed to the committee was Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District.
Both lawmakers serve on the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic.
Last week, the House passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill combining several different initiatives to help prevent and treat addiction to heroin and prescription drugs, Courtney’s office said in a news release.
The Senate passed its own version of that legislation on March 10.
The conference committee to which Courtney and Esty were appointed will be charged with combining the House and Senate bills into a single piece of legislation that can be sent to the president and signed into law, according to the news release.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft legislation to address the growing prescription opioid and heroin epidemic gripping our country,” Courtney said.
“I remain disappointed that the bills put forward by Senate and House leadership did not provide any new funding to address the growing drug abuse epidemic, but I am encouraged that the measure does include many well intentioned bipartisan initiatives to address this crisis,” he said in the release.
“I will press my colleagues on the committee to include a provision similar to my bill that would provide emergency funding to stem the growing public health crisis brought about by drug abuse,” he said.May 17th, 2016