Sen. Rob Portman Discusses CARA in Weekly Republican Address

TWITTER_CARASenator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) discussed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery (CARA) Act  in the Saturday Weekly Republican Address.

Just over a week after the legislation was signed into law, Sen. Portman laid out the importance of this legislation that is designed to fight a nationwide opioid and prescription drug epidemic.

Portman, the lead sponsor of CARA, stated:

“Here’s the good news: earlier this month Congress passed a law that will actually make a difference. It is not a Republican or Democratic approach: we wrote it over three years based on real-world evidence of what works and what doesn’t work.”

Following are excerpts of his address:

“I’m Senator Rob Portman. I’m here … to talk to you about an epidemic in my state: the growing problem of addiction to heroin and prescription drugs. But it’s not just in Ohio. Sadly, it’s everywhere.

“With an average of more than 120 Americans dying every single day from overdoses, it’s now the number one cause of accidental death in the country, surpassing car accidents. And it’s getting worse. It’s only July, and already, in some Ohio cities, we’ve had more people die from overdoses than in all of 2015.

“And as tragic as that is, it’s only part of the problem. In addition to those we’ve lost to overdoses, there are millions more across the country who are suffering—who have lost a job, broken relationships with their family and friends, or turned to crime to pay for their drugs. In Ohio alone, some 200,000 people are struggling with addiction. The numbers are overwhelming. And behind the numbers are shattered dreams.

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“I have heard too many of these heartbreaking stories from grieving moms and dads everywhere. This epidemic is at crisis levels and it knows no ZIP code or walk of life. It’s everywhere. Fighting it is going to require all of us to work together.

“Here’s the good news: earlier this month Congress passed a law that will actually make a difference. It is not a Republican or Democratic approach: we wrote it over three years based on real-world evidence of what works and what doesn’t work. We took ideas from people in recovery from addiction, from treatment counselors, prevention experts, law enforcement, doctors and nurses, and – yes – from family members who testified before Congress about our bill.

“It’s called CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, and it makes the federal government a better partner with states and local communities and non-profits in the fight against this epidemic. It starts by recognizing that addiction is a disease—and must be treated that way. By helping end the stigma that has surrounded addiction for too long, we can encourage more people to come forward and get the treatment that they need.

“CARA will increase our investment in federal opioid programs by $181 million a year. In total, we’re on track to more than double what we invested just a couple of years ago. Just as important, CARA will make those investments more effective by targeting them toward the programs that work.

“CARA improves prevention by expanding educational efforts, including a new national awareness campaign about the link between prescription painkillers and heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs. It expands treatment, including giving prescribing authority to nurse practitioners and physician assistants for medication-assisted treatment. It expands drug courts. It increases the availability and training for a miracle drug called naloxone, or Narcan, that can actually reverse a drug overdose instantly. And CARA is the first federal law to support long-term recovery.

“More than 250 groups from around the country in the public health, law enforcement, criminal justice, and drug policy fields have endorsed CARA, and it passed both Houses of Congress with strong bipartisan votes.

“It’s an example of how, by working together to find common ground, we can address the big issues that face our country.

“But our work here is not over. Through CARA, Congress has decided to spend significantly more taxpayer dollars to address the epidemic and changed how the money is spent so it is more effective. Now we need to fight for this every year in the annual spending bills. I welcome the White House’s engagement and support in that effort.

“Ultimately, the addiction epidemic will be solve by our families and in our communities. But CARA makes the federal government a far better partner in that effort.

“With CARA now law, I believe that we can begin to turn the tide on this epidemic, save lives, and help restore hope for millions of our fellow citizens. Thanks for the part you’ll play in that.”

Photo Voter ID Overruled by Activist Court

Democrats required a Photo ID at their national convention in Philadelphia this week.
Democrats required a Photo ID at their national convention in Philadelphia this week.

A liberal, activist court sided with Hillary Clinton, Roy Cooper and George Soros by striking down North Carolina’s common sense voter ID law. They didn’t even look at the evidence before making a decision! This is a disgrace to all law-abiding North Carolinians.

The law required that one show an approved Photo Voter ID and was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly to stop illegal voting activities.

Even the Democratic National Committee required photo Voter ID at their convention this week in Philadelphia. (see photo, left)

The topic is now trending on Twitter and other social media.  Liberals, of course, are crowing about this, while conservatives are unhappy with what was  a very fair law.

Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) had this to say:

“Photo IDs are required to purchase Sudafed, cash a check, board an airplane or enter a federal court room. Yet, three Democratic judges are undermining the integrity of our elections while also maligning our state. We will immediately appeal and also review other potential options.”

Dallas Woodhouse, NCGOP executive director added:

Photo courtesy of the Raleigh News and Observer.
Photo courtesy of the Raleigh News and Observer.

“Today, Roy Cooper and North Carolina Democrats were successful in overruling the will of the people who vastly support North Carolina’s protections against voter fraud.”

“The voter ID law has already been put into place and was successful in its implementation this year, despite the false predictions from the left. Preserving integrity at the ballot box is just plain common sense, but

Roy Cooper and his liberal allies used endless lawsuits to throw our citizens under the bus.The people of North Carolina deserve a system that ensures every voter is who they say they are as they rightfully cast their vote.”

Thankfully, conservative organizations are vowing to fight on!

We can prevent decisions like this in the future by refusing to elect Hillary.  The President handles federal judicial appointments like the one on the 4th Circuit.  We have seen eight years of Obama’s liberal cronies do his bidding at federal agencies such as the FCC, the Dept. of Educations, and more.  We simply cannot afford to continue this.

We must keep Gov. McCrory in office  as it’s clear that Attorney General Roy Cooper will not ever fight for NC law and order.  Cooper is running for Governor against McCrory.

Update:  The three judges that ruled against Photo Voter Id were all Democrats.  Two were appointed by President Obama and one was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

 

 

Trump Debate Debacle – University A Sham

FoxNewsDebate-300x169Thursday night’s Republican Presidential debate devolved into a a rowdy atmosphere, according to those in Detroit’s Fox Theater.

The audience cheered and booed during the question and answer session which seemed to grow out-of-control as the candidates began interrupting one another.   It was one step short of a free-for-all.

The hall was so beautiful that it was too grand for the low-life debate.

Normally, Republican candidates are good about sticking to the issues, with a few cleverly contrived jabs tossed in.

Thursday’s debate was no-holds-barred.

Moderators at the Fox News Debate. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters
Moderators at the Fox News Debate. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

The camera panned to moderators Bret Baier and Megan Kelly catching them with looks of confusion at one another.

The name calling was beyond low.  Mothers usually teach their children always not to  resort to name calling.  When name-calling begins,  you have reduced yourself to the other person’s level.   In this case, Marco Rubio fell prey to Donald Trump‘s school yard bully type insults.  Rubio looked frustrated but managed a few  clever comebacks.

For example, Trump repeatedly called Rubio “this little guy”, and “little Marco”.

Presidential candidate, Marco Rubio Photo courtesy Red State
Presidential candidate, Marco Rubio Photo courtesy Red State

Rubio replied “Donald Trump has basically mocked everybody with personal attacks.  If there is anyone who has ever deserved to be attacked that way, it’s Donald Trump.

Trump called Ted Cruz “lyin’ Ted” and constantly said “You are a liar”.  At one point, Cruz shot back “breathe”.  Another was “Donald, learn not to interrupt.  Count to ten  ”

At one point, it seemed that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio verbally tag-teamed Trump.  Planned or not, this tactic was long overdue. Many feel they should team up, decide who will head either  a Rubio/Cruz or Cruz/Rubio ticket, and together, take down Donald Trump.

Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Photo by Richard Ellis, Getty Images
Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Photo by Richard Ellis, Getty Images

A large part of the debate involved the “Trump University” lawsuits.

At the former Trump University, students were offered access to Trump’s hand-picked real estate experts.  In exchange for roughly $1,500 students attended classes that were actually “taught” by a non-experts from a contact company.    Students were not mentored by real estate experts as promised by Trump.

During the classes, little was taught yet the instructors constantly implied that a visit from Donald Trump himself was imminent.  Additionally, students received high pressure sales pitches for more expensive course packages.

Donald Trump Photo courtesy of Business Insider
Donald Trump Photo courtesy of Business Insider

Trump never picked any instructors and a third-party company created the curricula and materials.  This company, which shall go unnamed, normally developes materials for motivational speakers and time-share rental companies.  That’s a far cry from real estate experts.

Trump University has changed its name and is still operating, but now faces three lawsuits.

During and after the debate,  conservative and liberal discussion groups on Facebook, generally agreed that a Trump nomination would lead to certain defeat at the hands of Hillary Clinton.

Rob Benningfield contributed to this report.

Tillis: WOTUS Expands Govt, Regulations

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US Sen Thom Tillis (R-NC), courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

This week, Senate Democrats blocked a vote to override President Obama’s veto of legislation disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which would enforce crippling regulations on local communities and small businesses across the nation.

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) remarked:

“The Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule is the latest federal government land grab that will expand the scope of federal authority over land and water at the expense of farmers, ranchers, landowners and business owners across the country. Under this rule, virtually every nook and cranny of the country will be subject to EPA control, and

I am disappointed with this Administration’s never-ending attempts to add layer upon layer of bureaucratic red tape for hard-working Americans to deal with.”

Senator Tillis spoke on the Senator floor about the WOTUS rule in November:

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Gov. Pat McCrory on Refugee Background Checks

Gov. Pat McCrory
Gov. Pat McCrory

How can you have thorough background checks on people from a country in which there is no embassy?

That’s the question Governor Pat McCrory poses to viewers after Obama’s final State of the Union speech.  He appeared with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News.  The two were discussing Syrian refugees, particularly the one at the SOTU.

“I guarantee you the refugee the president invited to the State of the Union speech received a more thorough background check than other refugees.”

Watch this brief clip for yourself.

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