[By Jordain Carney] A bipartisan bill to combat opiod drug abuse overwhelmingly passed its first procedural hurdle on Monday.
Senators voted 89-0 on the legislation, with 60 votes needed to move forward.
Republicans, however, warned that despite the overwhelming vote, a path to final passage for the bill — spearheaded by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) — isn’t guaranteed.
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