Obama: Opioid Treatment Too Scant, 'Underresourced'
GOP lawmakers call president AWOL on anti-drug fight

President Obama speaks at at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit Tuesday in Atlanta. (AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called America's fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse "underresourced" as he tries to convince Republicans to fund his plan to fight the national epidemic.  

Speaking at a summit organized by House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., Obama said the country needs an "an all-hands-on-deck approach."  

Obama to Stump for Anti-Heroin Plan as GOP Resists
Republicans want funds during appropriations process

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., hold a news conference in February to call for funding to address opioid abuse. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will headline a major summit on prescription drug and heroin abuse organized by a powerful House Republican who is trying to convince the party to fund the president's ambitious plan to fight the nationwide epidemic.  

With Republicans raising concerns about what kinds of initiatives Washington should be funding, Obama is expected to devote some of his remarks in Atlanta to press them to act. And, conveniently for Obama, one of the event’s organizers is a lawmaker who helps control the federal pocketbook: House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky. The president also is expected to announce a set of administrative actions that will not require congressional approval. A major thrust of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats has been to use federal dollars to help expand treatment for most vulnerable populations.  

The Faces Behind the Bipartisan Fight Against Heroin


An NBA player who whose heart stopped for 30 seconds during an overdose, a daughter who discovered her father dead, a sister whose brother overdosed before she even knew he was taking drugs and a father whose son died after years in and out of rehab — these are the faces that lawmakers see as they work for passage of what could be this year's most bipartisan legislative push.  

Democrats Want Emergency Cash to Fight Opioid Abuse

Shaheen, left, and Schumer, right, are seeking emergency funds to tackle opioid addiction. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are planning to fight for emergency funding to tackle opioid addiction as the Senate prepares to turn to the issue after the Presidents Day recess.  

That would turn a broadly bipartisan bill championed on the GOP side by a pair of vulnerable incumbents — Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio — into a venue to debate new appropriations, not just an authorization of federal dollars for grants to combat heroin and painkiller abuse.  

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic

Ayotte holds a heroin epidemic roundtable discussion at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia , N.H., on Aug. 26, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and other officials are among the witnesses expected to testify.

Heroin Epidemic Prompts Calls for More Congressional Spending

Shaheen wants supplemental funding to fight heroin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As appropriators work to craft an omnibus spending package to fund the federal government, one of them is making a pitch for additional funding to combat heroin.  

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing a $600 million emergency supplemental for health care and law enforcement expenses associated with fighting the heroin epidemic that's swept through communities across the country, including in the Democratic senator's home state of New Hampshire.  

McConnell Praises Efforts to Fight Heroin Epidemic

McConnell is praising new funds to fight heroin abuse in Kentucky and elsewhere. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is starting the week with praise for the White House's drug czar.  

The Office of National Drug Control Policy on Monday formally announced that it would be providing $2.5 million in funding for a new Heroin Response strategy to fight opioid abuse in five identified High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, including Appalachia.  

Candidates Need Answers to New Hampshire's Heroin Crisis

Ayotte gave a floor speech Tuesday about her home state's battle against heroin addiction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It's hard to get through a political event in New Hampshire these days without someone mentioning heroin.  

The Granite State's problem with opiate addictions has been leading news, and 2016 presidential candidates should be prepared to weigh in.