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The Senate nearly unanimously passed a bill for new programs to fight against opioid addiction. Something can be bipartisan! Well, sort of. Republicans did much of the legwork on this, particularly Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte, both of whom really need to show they have actually done something in the last 6 years. So Republicans are finally see that spending resources on social programs can be a good idea, right? Ha ha, no. Of course these programs are unfunded.

It was threatened by Democrats who were angered that Republicans turned away an accompanying measure to provide $500 million in extra funding to pay for what the bill authorizes.

“What good are additional programs if they aren’t adequately funded?” asked Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania. “We can’t ask medical professionals to do more to treat addiction if they don’t have the resources.” (Mr. Portman and Ms. Ayotte were among five Republicans to vote for the extra funding measure.)

But in the end, the bill was considered too urgent to dismiss over a funding fight.

But at least now Republicans can blame someone when this doesn’t work–lazy case workers and ineffective government. Better to devolve it all to the states where Bobby Jindal and Rick Snyder can lead!

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  • Morbo

    Better to devolve it all to the states where Bobby Jindal and Rick Snyder can lead!

    Rhetorically or chemically?

    • sonamib

      Can’t spell leader without lead (poisoning)

  • David Hunt

    How Republicans Govern

    Isn’t that a zen koan like “What is the sound of one hand clapping?

  • carolannie

    The bill was too important to dismiss over a funding fight…The Potemkin village was too important for anyone to worry that there were no buildings in it.

  • If you can’t trust Bobby “Dead Babies Don’t Need No Schoolin'” Jindal to implement urgent baseline public goods, who can you trust?

  • pianomover

    I just read an interesting article bemoaning the stays of a south eastern Oregon county which mostly blamed the federal government for its sorry state.
    One thing it did note was the rise in drug addiction across the population. One source was attributed to a recent influx of seniors who had moved to the area ostensibly for the low taxes yet were also supplementing their income by selling their prescribed pain medications.

    These seniors were obviously sent by Obama.

    • rjayp

      It’s amazing how the behavioral proclivities of the hard working upright self-reliant white race can degenerate under the weight of ceaseless economic deprivation.

      • Lee Rudolph

        It’s amazing how the behavioral proclivities of the hard working upright self-reliant white race can degenerate under the weight of ceaseless

        vampiristic attacks by the Black Muslim Usurper and his gang of mooching superpredators!

  • Gerald

    So …if the program/bill has no funding to do stuff in the real world …what did they do???

    Smoke and mirrors and lies and deceit and yet ANOTHER stellar example of GOP/Republican governance in 21st Century America!

    (Shaking my head in bewilderment!)
    Wondering ..”How is it that these GOP/Republican “establishment” get away with this BS day after day, year after year.

    The Bush/Chaney/GOP/Republican governance 2000-2008 damn near crashed the economy …started America’s longest running war (Afghanistan), invaded and destroyed a country while destabilizing the entire Middle East and North Africa …

    I gotta stop ….this is just total BS.

    • NonyNony

      So …if the program/bill has no funding to do stuff in the real world …what did they do???

      They created another “unfunded mandate” that they can scream and wail about when they run for office again. Duh.

      • demz taters

        They’ll hold the inevitable failure of ambitious, unfunded mandates up as evidence that government can’t do anything right, and the party of stupid will buy into it.

  • the bill was considered too urgent to dismiss over a funding fight.

    I take it that white kids are affected.

    • DrDick

      Not just white kids, but Southern rural white kids, the only real true authentic Amurrikkkans!

      • Bill Murray

        Also, white senior citizens and middle age white people. It’s the negative crack epidemic

      • efgoldman

        Not just white kids, but Southern rural white kids

        Not only traitor state kids. It’s a general rural white problem. Ayotte’s from NH. Not that I think for a microsecond that she’s sincere in any of this.

    • JKTH

      Yep. Now that white people are affected, we’re getting a kinder, gentler War on Drugs.

  • DrDick

    Republicans campaign on telling people that government does not work, and when they are elected, they do their best to prove it!

  • patrick II

    Why was the program and its funding separated into two different bills? Is it so that republicans can claim to have voted for a program, and yet accuse the democrats of voting for a bill that increased the deficit? Or is there some technical reason for the breakout? (I am going to guess that a higher percentage of dems voted for funding and might have that hurled back at them at some future date).

    • NonyNony

      I’m going to guess that the “technical reason” is that Republicans didn’t want to be on the record for voting against a drug rehab bill, but also didn’t want to be on the record for voting for increased spending. Separating them into two bills lets them vote for the good bits that they don’t want to have to explain why they voted against while also preventing them from having to explain to Grover Norquist and his ilk why they voted for MOAR SPENDING instead of TAX CUTZ.

      This way they got to put the Democrats into the hard place because Dems don’t like to vote for useless bills that are largely symbolic and so would normally be inclined to vote against something like this. But they voted for it anyway because otherwise it would be used as a club against them in their next election.

      • rjayp

        can’t we just debit the fraud waste and abuse account? I hear there is well neigh an unlimited amount of funds in that one.

        • Bill Murray

          Marco Rubio still has a federal salary

    • Aaron Morrow

      Within the federal budgeting system, the spending process is broken out to two separate yet equally important steps: the authorization, which creates or continues the program under consideration; and appropriation, which funds the program. This is an accounting process.

      It is absolutely possible, especially in emergency situations, to skip the Committee process and pass a bill with an authorization and an appropriation. I would strongly suggest continuously hitting Republicans for voting against funding this program. (Where possible, I would try and hit those Republicans who voted for funding for not having enough pull to pass a funded program, but that’s probably a bridge too far.)

  • Nobdy

    OT:

    “Gifted Hands Jesus” Ben Carson has done the right, moral, Christian, thing and decided to endorse a thrice-married loudmouth who has openly talked about his desire to sleep with his daughter and wants to kick millions of people out of the country and bar over a billion more from entering.

    • Lee Rudolph

      So, has he done it out of the goodness of his heart? Or is there some grift involved?

    • efgoldman

      “Gifted Hands Jesus” Ben Carson has done the right, moral, Christian, thing

      Yea, that will get Trump and the opossum on his head a couple of dozen additional votes.

    • sparks

      Carson…decided to endorse a thrice-married loudmouth who has openly talked about his desire to sleep with his daughter and wants to kick millions of people out of the country and bar over a billion more from entering

      Carson’s a denizen of 4chan? That list just about hits all their tingly points. Yeah, even screwing the daughter.

    • so-in-so

      Carson did say early on that a Muslim couldn’t be president, so I guess they are close on key points.

  • djh1279

    I’m glad they didn’t throw a $500m handout to the treatment-industrial complex. drug treatment is useless to its supposed aims, and forced drug treatment even less so.

    further, the “heroin epidemic” is nothing but another Drug War boogeyman. overdose deaths have gone from around 2k ten years ago to maybe 9k/yr now. drop in the bucket compared to the 100k/yr alcohol related deaths and 500k/yr tobacco related deaths.

    drug treatment is a scam. legalize/tax/regulate all drugs, ensuring purity, which itself will cut down on accidental overdoses, and sell through state monopoly.

    • Rob in CT

      I’d hazard a guess a lot of those ODs involved alcohol.

      Legalize/regulate/tax is superior to the status quo, but insufficient in the end. If legal/taxed/regulated worked great, we wouldn’t have so much damage from booze & tobacco.

      Better than waging the WoD as we know it, sure. But I think there’s more that can be done w/r/t substance abuse than simply trying to ensure purity of the product.

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