Rep. Marino Appointed to Committee Aimed at Moving Opioid Legislation to President’s Desk
Washington, D.C. — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appointed Rep. Marino as one of 21 House Republican lawmakers to serve on a bipartisan conference committee charged with producing final legislation to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.
This appointment follows the enactment of two bills introduced by Rep. Marino in Congress: the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 which protects patients’ right to access necessary medication while stopping those who might abuse such drugs and the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act aimed at stopping the flow of dangerous substances across our borders. Rep. Marino has been a dedicated advocate for legislation intended to combat the opioid epidemic and looks forward to continuing his work as a member of the conference committee.
Rep. Marino released the following statement:
“It is an honor to be a part of this bipartisan committee and to continue my fight against drug abuse. The opioid epidemic in the United States is affecting all kinds of people from all across the country. Families suffering from addiction are in desperate need of meaningful action that will not only alleviate some of devastating effects of this crisis, but prevent the problem before it begins.
“Just last week, members from both sides of the aisle came together in the House to pass 18 pieces of legislation aimed at preventing and stopping opioid addiction. I am encouraged by the swift action of Congress and look forward to working in a similar bipartisan fashion to move our solutions to the president’s desk.”
For more information on the committee or for a list of its members, please click here. Our office also has additional releases on both the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 and the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act.