Drug abuse bill raises hopes for election-year achievement
WASHINGTON - There's a glimmer of hope that a bill aimed at fighting heroin and opioid addiction will let Congress claim an achievement this election year, despite the likelihood that lawmakers will gridlock over most other issues.
Bills in both the Senate and House creating grants to combat abuse and improve treatment are winning bipartisan support. President Barack Obama supports the effort and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has backed past drives to address the problem.
But some Republicans want a greater emphasis on law enforcement. And on the campaign trail, Democrats are using the issue to attack Senate Republicans seeking re-election.
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