Walorski Takes Part in Opioid Bill Enrollment Ceremony
Bipartisan, Comprehensive Legislation to Address Opioid Epidemic Heads to the President’s Desk; Walorski Served on Conference Committee That Negotiated Final Agreement
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today joined House Speaker Paul D. Ryan at an enrollment ceremony marking the passage of S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The bipartisan, comprehensive legislation now is on its way to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
“This bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse is an important step toward ending the opioid epidemic in this country,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I was honored to serve on the conference committee that negotiated a final agreement, and I look forward to the president signing it into law. With key reforms, including my provisions to protect veterans from opioid overprescription, this bill will save lives.”
Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, served on the conference committee that negotiated a final agreement between the House and Senate. She and other members of the conference committee joined Speaker Ryan as he signed the legislation before sending it to the president.
The final version of the legislation included two measures authored by Walorski to protect veterans. One provision would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to participate in state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and the other would allow the VA to use FDA-approved medical devices and other non-opioid therapies to treat chronic pain.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.