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H.R. 5294 (115th): Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5294 would clarify that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) may enter into contracts with and provide grants to people and organizations in Appalachia for projects and other activities aimed at reducing drug abuse and the negative effects of drug abuse, including opioid abuse, in the region. Such projects would include facilitating the sharing of best practices among states for reducing drug abuse; creating programs designed to reduce harm to the workforce from drug abuse; attracting relevant health care services, businesses, and workers to the region; and developing infrastructure to support greater use of telemedicine in Appalachia.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed ...

Sponsor and status

Lou Barletta

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Mar 15, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

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This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 24, 2018. (compare text)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Barletta Urges Participation in National Effort to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs
    — Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA11, 2011-2018] (Sponsor) on Oct 25, 2018

Rothfus and Barletta Led Roundtable Discussion to Combat Opioid Crisis in Appalachia
    — Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12, 2013-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 31, 2018

Donovan, House Pass 35 Bills to Combat the Opioid Crisis
    — Rep. Daniel Donovan [R-NY11, 2015-2018] on Jun 14, 2018

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Mar 15, 2018

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Apr 12, 2018
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Jun 12, 2018
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Jun 13, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 5294 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5294. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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