Manchin Ties Repeal of Opioid Enforcement Law to Budget Plan Battle

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) wishes to link repeal of a law that critics say allows the circulation of lethal and addicting opioids to the spending plan being discussed today.

Manchin, whose state has been struck especially hard by the opioid crisis, has submitted a change to the 2018 budget plan supporting repeal of the law, which was signed by President Obama in April 2016 after passing your house and Senate with little excitement.

The change supports “bring back the capability of the Drug Enforcement Administration to implement our country’s laws and help stop the opioid epidemic, which might consist of rescinding the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.”.

Because the budget plan isn’t really signed by President Trump and Manchin’s change is developing a “reserve fund”– essentially a place-holder for future legislation– it would not instantly reverse the 2016 law.

Manchin’s proposal might get senators on the record in the middle of outrage triggered by a joint Washington Post-” 60 Minutes” report that the legislation is weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration’s capability to cops drug suppliers and was affected by market lobbying.

Manchin’s change hasn’t been arranged for a vote. Under the guidelines of a vote-a-rama, anticipated to start on Thursday, any senator can require a vote on any proposal.

Supporting the modification is Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), like Manchin a Democrat up for reelection next year in a state Trump won.

Legislators are taking a makeover of the law following the report, with numerous looking for a straight-out repeal.

Critics argue that by raising the requirement of proof needed by the DEA, it compromised the company’s authority to prosecute drug suppliers who were offering opioids to the marketplace with little oversight.