“It’s a very good bill. We have an opioid epidemic, but I want to make a point here: We have to walk the walk, not talk the talk,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the chamber, at a Thursday morning as the Judiciary Committee approved the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. “To just authorize money and not actually put money to spend will do nothing to resolve the crisis, and this is becoming something that we see as a pattern.“We talk about Flint? There’s no money for Flint as of this point. We talk about mental illness, there’s no money for mental illness. We talk even about security of this country, there’s not the money that we need.”Schumer’s called an early afternoon news conference with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and several other Democrats to push a $600 million emergency supplemental spending bill.
RYAN WANTS TO OFFSET ZIKA BILL. Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Thursday that he is still examining ways to fund President Obama’s request for emergency funds to fight the Zika virus, according to the Morning Consult‘s Will Dobbs-Allsopp.
“We’re still waiting for the actual submission from the administration,” Ryan said. “We do anticipate some kind of bipartisan action.”But he added that the money would need to come from somewhere else in the budget. “We offset emergency spending,” he said.