Donnelly, Capito, Klobuchar

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Donnelly: (1:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "I've come to discuss the opioid epidemic which has taken the lives of too many Hoosiers, harming family and friends across my state and our country. This is a public health crisis. It is a complex problem. Addressing it will require all of us to work together in a bipartisan way at the federal, state, and local levels. I'm very pleased the House and Senate have worked together over many months to right - write this bipartisan legislation. The support for patients and communities act. This bill provides important new tools to combat the opioid epidemic and to work to ensure that those providing prevention, treatment, and recovery services in our communities have the resources necessary to help those in need of assistance."


Senator Capito: (1:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "This crisis has shaped our ongoing response to the epidemic as well as my contributions to the bill. In West Virginia, we understand better, I think, some of the causes of the crisis and how we can then deal with them. We have discovered what's working in our state and we have learned that the ripple effects go far beyond those struggling with addiction. It affects families and children and communities. When thinking about next steps for fighting the opioid epidemic, one of the first things I realized was that the form for state funding was not providing adequate resources to the hardest hit states, states like West Virginia."


Senator Klobuchar: (1:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on opioid legislation.
    • "We have worked with the administration, we have worked with the House, and we see this as a bipartisan priority. One of the major pieces that's in this legislation is based on the stop act that I introduced with Senator Portman to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs from entering our country in the first place. We know this is a serious problem. Powerful synthetic drugs like fentanyl, which is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, keep coming in from China. In my state there were 172 deaths involving synthetic opioids last year."