Opioid abuse bill easily overcomes first Senate hurdle

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 02, 2016 / comments

[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.