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Two GOP senators wanted $45 billion in health care bill to battle opioid crisis. They got $2 billion

Two Republian senators wanted $45 billion in the health care bill to battle the nation's opioid crisis. They got $2 billion for one year.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), along with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), had requested $45 billion over the course of a decade to battle the opioid crisis.

WASHINGTON — The health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday includes funding to help tackle the nation’s opioid crisis — but dramatically less than the amount sought by two GOP senators and recovery advocates.

Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) at one point had requested $45 billion over the course of a decade to keep the battle against opioids on the nation

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