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FACT CHECK: Guinta Misleads Voters about his Record Combating the Opioid Crisis

Rochester, NH— Last night, Congressman Frank Guinta misled NHPR listeners about federal actions and funding for the heroin and opioid crisis, and he should acknowledge it, because facts matter. Congress has only appropriated $7 million to combat the opioid crisis—for the entire nation. This is ridiculously insufficient. It’s dangerous to pretend that Congress has funded this crisis when it hasn’t.

When NHPR pointed out that Senator Shaheen asked for $600 million in emergency funding, Frank Guinta responded by saying, “We had passed $500 million last year in the Omnibus and this is $192 million a year for the next five years, so we’re on track to exceed that number.”
 

Here are the facts:

  • Congressman Frank Guinta voted against the $500 million last year. He actually voted against the whole budget and if he he had had his way, the government would have shut down, shutting off essential programs to treat addiction.
  • The $192 million in authorizations has not been funded. The funding isn’t real until it’s been appropriated.
  • Congress has only provided $7 million for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, roughly $140,000 per state. So we are not on track to exceed that number; we are not even close.

"Instead of taking 52 days off this summer, Speaker Ryan and Congressional Republicans should have done their job and passed legislation to actually fund a bill to help families and communities who are struggling with addiction issues," said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Naomi Andrews. 

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