Representative Keith Rothfus (PA-12) issued the following statement after President Trump signed H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, into law. This enacted law contains the Congressman's bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, including his REGROUP Act, Expanding Access to Treatment Act, and CODE RED Act.
"In Western Pennsylvania and across the nation, the opioid crisis continues to destroy lives, hurt families, and plague entire communities," said Congressman Rothfus. "I applaud President Trump for signing this much-needed legislation into law, which includes several of my bipartisan bills to help those suffering from an addiction and keep our loved ones and communities safe."
In June 2018, the House passed more than 70 bipartisan bills to help combat the opioid crisis. The Congressman's legislation incorporated into H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, were:
* H.R. 5769, The Expanding Access to Treatment Act -- Helps offset the costs of training clinicians in Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.
* H.R. 6029, The REGROUP Act -- Reauthorizes the Department of Justice's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program through 2023 and triples its funding to $330 million per year.
* H.R. 5980, the CODE RED Act -- Authorizes, develops, and implements a coordinated tracking system for federally-funded initiatives and grant programs dealing with opioid and substance abuse to enhance grant program effectiveness.