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Entry Title Date
Prescription Drug Abuse February 4, 2016
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"For years I have been convening field hearings and sitting at kitchen tables, listening to Vermonters discuss innovative approaches to confront drug abuse and related crimes. I have also sat at kitchen tables and listened to tragic stories about a member of the family who had been hit with opioid addiction. What I have heard in the meetings I have had with the police, doctors, family members, faith community, and educators is that we cannot arrest or jail our way out of this problem. We have lost the war on drugs—if we were ever winning it—because we relied primarily on unnecessarily harsh sentencing laws."
An Hour Of Power February 1, 2016
Joyce Beatty, D-OH
"As I listened to you talk about slavery, and today when I go into some parts of my community with the War on Drugs I have had Black men say to me that they feel like they are living during a time of slavery. When I talk to young, single moms who are fighting for their own existence or to feed their children, they feel that they are held captive by poverty."
Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Corps Of Engineers And The Environmental Protection Agency—Veto— Continued January 20, 2016
Claire McCaskill, D-MO
"Prescription drug prices have increased by 13 percent in 2015, and they are up 76 percent in the past 5 years—more than eight times the rate of inflation. A recent national poll shows that the affordability of prescription drugs was Americans’ top health concern. This problem appears to continue unabated as we speak. Just last week, there were reports in the Wall Street Journal that several major drug companies have all raised prices on drugs, some by double digits in the last month alone."
Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights January 7, 2016
Steve Russell, R-OK
"Still, while these incidents are tragic, and many beyond the scope of civilized thinking, we cannot substitute emotion for examination. Contrary to those most vocal—and most funded—voices on this issue, we are not the most violent civilized country on the planet. In fact, according to data compiled from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United States ranks in the bottom half of homicides worldwide among civilized or uncivilized nations."
The Culture Of Opposition Needs To Change November 18, 2015
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"Sadly, these actions by administration officials are indicative of a throwback ideology rooted in the failed war on drugs, which needs to stop."

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