Mar 2, 2017 10:04 PM
In letter to President, Shaheen warns moves by Trump may jeopardize efforts to battle drug crisis
CONCORD – Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says that actions taken by the Trump administration “would jeopardize’ programs helping Granite Staters affected by the heroin and opioid epidemic.
In a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday, New Hampshire’s senior U.S. senator urged President Donald Trump to make good on campaign promises he made in the Granite State during the 2016 campaign, and repeated earlier this week in his address to a joint session of Congress.
In Tuesday’s speech, the President said “we will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth -- and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.”
But in her letter, Shaheen highlighted moves by the Trump administration towards cutting domestic discretionary spending, repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and cutting Medicaid expansion, which she said would significantly hinder efforts to battle the drug crisis.
“I am concerned that the across-the-board cuts to domestic discretionary spending that your Administration plans to propose would jeopardize programs that are already serving families affected by the opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country,” Shaheen wrote.
And she added that scrapping the national health care law “will undeniably hurt those who are currently receiving treatment for substance misuse disorders and hinder those who may be considering treatment,”
Shaheen urged Trump to “keep these considerations in mind as your Administration follows through on your promise to expand treatment and end the national opioid crisis, and I remain committed to working across the aisle to find effective solutions for the millions of people suffering in New Hampshire and throughout the country.”
Shaheen is the ranking Democratic member on the of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee