Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a leadership press conference today on the more than 70 bills the House will advance this month to combat the opioid crisis.

Remarks are below, or watch online here.

“There is not one place in America where this crisis does not touch. More than 100 people will die today, tomorrow the same. Our friends, family, and some of the brightest stars we’ve had became addicted unbeknownst to them …. This is not the first time we have dealt with this subject and you can tell this is personal to so many members in Congress.

“In the last Congress, we passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act. We also added four billion in the omnibus to address this crisis. We are spending this week and next week to pass more than 70 bills dealing with this addiction.

“This is not the first step and this is not the last step–it is simply the next step. This is destroying the fiber of this nation and we should battle it with seriousness…. America deserves better and families need to be protected–that is what our goal is, that is our mission, and that is what we will accomplish.”