Senate Invokes Cloture on Opioid Bill

The Senate voted 86-3 Monday to invoke cloture on S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) voted against moving forward with the measure.

The chamber is expected to take a final vote on the measure, which would authorize funding for drug abuse treatment and recovery programs, later this week. Senators have spent much of the last few weeks debating opioid abuse, and it will likely continue to be a significant topic in the chamber in the coming months.

While Democrats voted to advance the legislation, they’ve hit Republicans on the floor in recent days for not providing additional funding for the bill and for not bringing more amendments to the floor. Dozens of amendments were filed to the bill, and one from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) that would have provided $600 million in emergency funding failed last week.

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