Two Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Drug Control Office From Sweeping Budget Cuts

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Two senators have introduced a bill that would protect the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from sweeping budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, according to the Associated Press.

The White House is proposing a cut of 94 percent to ONDCP’s budget, an e-mail to agency employees by Acting Director Richard Baum revealed. He asked employees not to share the information, but the e-mail was quickly leaked. The proposed budget fully eliminates several programs involved in fighting the opioid epidemic.

New Hampshire U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan introduced a bill that would reauthorize the office, increase funding for programs, and streamline ONDCP to ensure efficient use of resources.

“The Trump Administration’s proposal to effectively eliminate the ONDCP is not fiscally responsible, it’s dangerous and would significantly roll back our efforts to stem the tide of this crisis,” Hassan said in a news release.

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The White House proposed budget for FY2018 will reportedly cut spending for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) by 95%. Resources to address the opioid epidemic are needed now more than ever. ONDCP provides critical coordination of the federal response to the drug issue and essential programs such as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and Drug Free Communities program.

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