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Vukmir And Nicholson Oppose $3.3B In Opioid Crisis Funding

Mar 30, 2018

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2018
Contact: Brad Bainum, bradb@wisdems.org

Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson Oppose $3.3 Billion in Opioid Crisis Funding

Following right-wing, corporate special interest groups’ lead, Vukmir and Nicholson say they would’ve voted against the federal government funding bill that allocated more than $3.3 billion for combatting the opioid epidemic 

MADISON — All of a sudden, Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson’s commitment to fighting the opioid crisis is in question, with both Republican U.S. Senate candidates indicating that they would have voted against the President Trump-signed federal government spending bill that, among other things, appropriated $3.3 billion in funding to combat the opioid epidemic.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin worked on a bipartisan basis to “secure a $3 billion increase in federal funding” in the omnibus bill to fight the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin and across the country. But out-of-state, right-wing corporate special interest groups such as the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks — both of which are supporting Kevin Nicholson — nevertheless pressured politicians that they support to oppose the measure. And so Kevin Nicholson, like Leah Vukmir, came out against the bill.

“Right-wing corporate special interests told Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson to oppose the federal government spending bill and its $3.3 billion investment toward addressing the opioid crisis, so they did; Vukmir and Nicholson simply can’t be trusted to ever put Wisconsin first,” said Brad Bainum, Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson for the 2018 U.S. Senate race.

Paid for by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Ben Wikler, Chair