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Shaheen Response to President Trump's Remarks in Manchester on the Opioid Epidemic

(Washington, DC)—Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after President Trump delivered remarks at Manchester Community College regarding the opioid epidemic:

“It’s my hope that today’s announcement means the Trump administration is going to finally prioritize the opioid crisis that continues to devastate families all across New Hampshire,” said Shaheen. “I support many of the policies that the President put forward in a draft plan prior to his speech, much of which was recommended by the President’s opioid commission last year. What’s been missing is follow through. We need the President to commit to providing the resources necessary to win this fight. Today, Congress is finalizing a government funding bill that embodies a bipartisan agreement to increase funding to those on the frontlines of this crisis. But, that’s only a first step. President Trump must lead a national effort. If he does that, there will be broad bipartisan support. ”

Senator Shaheen has led efforts in Congress to combat the opioid epidemic. A member of the Common Sense Caucus, Shaheen recently helped negotiate the bipartisan budget agreement that includes a commitment of $6 billion to respond to the opioid epidemic over the next two years, with $3 billion being provided each year.