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House, Senate hope to craft quick anti-drug abuse compromise

House, Senate hope to craft quick anti-drug abuse compromise (Photo MGN Online)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Republicans and Democrats have an election-year incentive to send President Barack Obama compromise legislation combating the nation's opioid-abuse crisis. Their goal: Show voters they're tackling a problem that's killing people in America's biggest cities and smallest towns.

The House approved three bills Thursday setting up federal grants and taking other steps to battle the drug epidemic. They were the last of 18 measures on the issue the chamber overwhelmingly passed this week.

Members of both parties hailed the measures. But Democrats complained that none provided any money for the programs, and anti-drug advocates called the bills a needed but modest first step.

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