House committee advances opioid bill senators call 'weak'
MAY 16, 2018
By Kimberley Leonard
Senators argue the House version isn't strong enough because it doesn't carry any penalties if the Postal Service doesn't comply. It also would give the agency up to 2022 to full implement the changes, while the Senate requires them within a year. The House provides a waiver if other agencies determine that there is a national security interest" to do so. The bill's Senate authors, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., blasted the House committee in a statement following the vote, saying the House bill would "perpetuate the status quo rather than help solve the opioid crisis."Read More >