Warren Blocks Opioid Funding For Political Gain

BOSTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren is continuing her "exhausting," combativeness, this time threatening to derail legislation that includes $1 billion in addiction relief funding. Advocates and even members of her own party are tired of her partisan games and are urging her to get out of the way of this critical legislation.

"Senator Warren apparently thinks its fine to hold hostage funds for addiction treatment as long as it gets her in the spotlight, so it's no surprise that even her allies find themselves exhausted by Warren's obstructionism," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "She is so blinded by far-left ideology that she is incapable of working across the aisle on legislation as common sense and widely supported as funding public health priorities."

In a stunt she views as a test of her ability to get Democrats to sign onto her obstructionist agenda, Warren is holding hostage $1 billion in resources to combat the opioid crisis.

Warren’s stand also potentially splits her from the White House and other Democrats who are keen to secure various elements of the bill, which includes funding for Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative and its goal of accelerating advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. It also includes $1 billion over two years to combat the national opioid crisis, which has hit Massachusetts and the rest of New England hard. 
"To Warren, the stakes are higher than just the legislation at hand. She is painting this as an early test of Democrats’ willingness to stand up to Republicans and block unpalatable legislation when Washington enters unified Republican rule next year." 
(Victoria McGrane, "Warren splits with party, Mass. interests over drug bill," Boston Globe11/30/16)

Democrats and advocates are urging Warren to stop her obstructionism. 

“'Any effort to delay or oppose this package serves only to maintain a status quo where it takes too long and costs too much to bring treatments to patients in need,' Robert K. Coughlin, president and chief executive of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, said in a statement to the Globe.

"It remained unclear Tuesday how persuasive Warren’s pitch to fellow Democrats would be. Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, backed the package, which includes a mental health overhaul bill he has worked for years to advance. 'I’m excited Republicans and Democrats have put politics aside and reached a compromise that will allow a mental health reform bill to pass side by side with major new funding to confront the nation’s opioid crisis,' Murphy said in a statement." (Victoria McGrane, "Warren splits with party, Mass. interests over drug bill," Boston Globe11/30/16)