WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after helping secure an increase in funding to combat the opioid crisis in the government funding bill. The bill, which implements the bipartisan February funding agreement, includes an additional $3.3 billion to combat the opioid crisis, with $142 million set aside for hardest-hit states such as New Hampshire.
“This bipartisan funding bill will provide an increase in federal resources to Granite Staters on the front lines of the opioid crisis,” Senator Maggie Hassan said. “In addition to grants that will be available to all states to combat the opioid crisis, we were able to secure a dedicated portion of funding that will be distributed just to states, including New Hampshire, that have been hardest hit by this devastating epidemic. I will work with Senator Shaheen and the entire delegation to ensure that the Trump Administration provides New Hampshire with a fair share of the funds for states that have been hardest-hit by the opioid crisis, and that this funding gets out the door as soon as possible.”
Senators Hassan and Shaheen have led efforts in Congress to provide additional funding to respond to the opioid epidemic. As members of the bipartisan Common Sense Coalition, Senators Hassan and Shaheen worked to pave the way for the bipartisan funding agreement in February.