Sen. Claire McCaskill Claire Conner McCaskilMcConnell: Trump and GOP can work together on opioids ‘we can’t do that alone’ Dems embrace Trump’s immigration proposal MORE (D-Mo.) has been pushing for an investigation into how the opioid epidemic is spreading throughout the nation.
In a letter released Wednesday, she said “it is time for the Justice Department to immediately launch an investigation to determine the extent of the opioid addiction epidemic in our country, as well as how we can best protect the vulnerable citizens of our nation.”
Sen. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Health Care: Senators unveil new protections for pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump opioid rules | Sanders seeks bipartisan fix on opioids Biden arrives in D.C. for first time as Trump administration approves rule to allow insurers to sell drugs directly to patients’ homesA federal judge rules against the opioid manufacturers that make the painkiller OxyContin MORE (W.
Va.), the only Republican to support the bill, has also called for an independent investigation.
“I am asking the Department of Justice to conduct an immediate, independent, bipartisan, and independent investigation into the opioid abuse epidemic and its underlying causes,” Manchin said in a statement.
“This will include investigating the opioid industry, and its role in contributing to the opioid pandemic.
And it will include examining how this epidemic has been exacerbated by policies that are designed to combat opioid addiction, and the opioid companies that have profit from it.”
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Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh nomination to face Judiciary panel questions MORE (S.C.) and Mike Lee Michael (Mike) ShumwayLee’s ‘America First’ endorsement: He’s the only one to fight for the rights of American Muslims in the Middle EastLee, Blumenthal join forces to call for an opioid investigationThe Hill wants you to know about our democracy MORE (Utah) have also called on the Justice and Health departments to look into the crisis.
Sen. Chris Coons Christopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsGOP senator vows to introduce Kavanaugh nomination during hearing on Capitol Hill: Report Coons says he’s ‘not going to rush into anything’ Kavanaugh, Blumenthal say they’re not going to press charge against Biden MORE (Del.), who has been a leading proponent of a bipartisan opioid-reform bill, said in an interview with The Hill that a Senate investigation would “definitely be a good thing.”
“There are a lot of reasons why the Department and DOJ should do that,” Coons said.
“But the one that really concerns me is that it would be a lot easier for them to have an independent, nonpartisan investigation.
It would also be much more accurate and accurate for the public and for policymakers.”
Sen.(R-N.Y.) said the opioid issue “is an urgent public health issue” and has been “a major reason why the opioid market is booming.”
Sen Dianne Feinstein Dianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley questions FBI chief over Kavanaugh allegations Flake: No reason to keep Rosenstein on FBI’s bench MORE (Calif.) has also pressed for an outside investigation.
She called on President Trump to “get serious about tackling this crisis” and called on Congress to pass the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction Control and Prevention Act (CAPPA) which would address the crisis “with a bipartisan approach.”
The opioid crisis “has no place in a country where we have more than 30 million Americans addicted to opioids,” Feinstein said in her statement.
“It is time that we hold accountable those who are profiting from this epidemic, and those who profit from the devastation caused by this crisis.”
Sen(R-Ky.) has called on Trump to take steps to “end the epidemic immediately” and “end this epidemic once and for all.”
She said she will support the bipartisan CAPPA and the bipartisan bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“A lot of people are going the wrong way,” she said.
“There’s a lot to learn about how to stop the opioid crises.
There’s a very, very real risk that we will be looking back and saying, ‘How did we do this?'”