McConnell promotes next phase in opioid fight

04/30/2018 03:28 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promoted his latest piece of legislation known as the CAREER Act, which is aimed at helping addicts find recovery and a path back to work.

McConnell and business leaders with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Greater Louisville Inc. Metro Chamber of Commerce said the state’s business community is eager to get workers back into steady employment with the resources found in the legislation.

The legislation authorizes up to $1 billion for transitional housing for recovering addicts and employment as well as training funds for those reentering the workforce, McConnell said.

Kentucky’s senior Senator said the bill would likely come alongside a comprehensive package of bills in the upper chamber.

“One of the advantages of being the Majority Leader is I get to decide what to schedule, and doesn’t always guarantee the outcome, but I do get to decide what to schedule — I think it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be here today if this wasn’t a high priority,” McConnell said.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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