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Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020

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Mr. McKINLEY. Madam Chair, I rise in support of this bipartisan amendment to H.R. 2740.

Last fall, President Trump signed into law the comprehensive opioid package. Included in that package was the POWER Act, which provides competitive grants to hospitals in high-overdose or rural areas. Sadly, Congress has not yet funded that program.

The grants included in the POWER Act will help provide emergency rooms the resources they need to offer overdose patients not only short-term care, but the long-term treatment that is proven to help prevent repeat overdoses.

This bipartisan amendment, introduced with my colleague from Pennsylvania (Mr. Michael F. Doyle), would fund the grant program with the $10 million Congress has already previously authorized.

Madam Chairman, if we believe this is a good program and we voted to authorize it, then let's vote for this amendment and fund it.

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Mr. McKINLEY. Madam Chairman, again, let's do something novel here. Let's do what we say we were going to do. Let's fund this program. I ask for support for this bipartisan amendment.

Madam Chair, I yield back the balance of my time.

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