Congresswoman Chu, who represents California’s 27th District, continued, “We actually passed a bill, H.R. 6, that was signed into law [on] October 24th. H.R. 6 included numerous provisions that were done on a bipartisan basis and that in fact included three of my bills, that were co-sponsored by Congress members on the other side of the aisle. So both Democrats and Republicans came together.”
There are many areas of focus within the opioid crisis. Rep. Chu said the need for the drug naloxone — which is a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose — came to her attention after a constituent of hers lost his best friend to an opioid overdose. The friend was living in a sober living home and the home did not have naloxone on the premise. Chu said she was fortunate enough to have her Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act incorporated in H.R. 6., which addresses this naloxone issue.
Although Rep. Chu has never worked directly with President Donald Trump’s White House on the issue, Trump did work across the aisle and signed the bill into law. Rep. Chu said she is hopeful President Trump will continue to work with a Democratic House in 2019.
“It would certainly be my hope that he would work with us. After all, the reality now is that Democrats are in control of Congress and it would be to his benefit to work with us on issues of common concern,” Rep. Chu said.
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