A bill aimed at addressing the country’s opioid addiction crisis isfilled with provisions supported by members of both parties inCongress, but Democrats are threatening to block passage of thelegislation unless Republicansagree to add more funding for treatment initiatives in the finaldraft.

The bill supported by Republican leadership includes only $85million for treatment programs over the next five years. Democratssay that figure should be increased more than elevenfold, to $940million.

Just a few months ago, when the Senate passed the originalincarnation of the bill, Democrats unsuccessfully proposed anamendment to increased funding to $600 million. That proposal wassupported by several moderate Republicans in the midst of toughreelection battles this fall, but was not embraced by GOPleadership.

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