Bruce Poliquin joined with Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass more than a dozen bills to combat the opioid epidemic affecting countless families across Maine and our country. 

Among the bills was the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA). Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:

I have spent the past several months meeting with those that are fighting against this epidemic on the frontlines,” said Congressman Poliquin.  “I have met with treatment providers, social service networks, law enforcement agencies, families of victims, and recovering addicts. They are all working hard but they need tools and resources to provide critical steps to help end this tragedy.

“This week, the House acted to address this alarming epidemic in Maine and across our Nation. I have lost a family member to drug addiction so know firsthand the harm that it can cause. On behalf of all the Maine victims of this terrible epidemic, and the dedicated people working to end this heartbreaking situation, I am proud to act with Republicans and Democrats this week to get this critical legislation passed.”

On Wednesday evening, Congressman Poliquin spoke on the House Floor to support the Nurturing and Supporting (NAS) Healthy Babies Act.

Bruce Poliquin

This week, the House passed the following bills:

  • H.R. 4063– Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
  • H.R. 4985– Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • S. 32– Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 5048– Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Guinta / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 5052– OPEN Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 4843– Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • H.R. 4978– NAS Healthy Babies Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 3680– Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 3691– Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 1818– Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 4969– John Thomas Decker Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Meehan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 4586– Lali’s Law (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Dold / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 4599– Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 4976– Opioid Review Modernization Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 4982– Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Foster / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 4981– Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 4641– To provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • H.R. 5046– Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)

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