Conway has been championing the White House efforts to curb the opioid epidemic in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 70,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2017, an average of 130 overdose deaths per day.
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In October, Conway was able to help lead through bipartisan legislation regarding the opioid epidemic. The legislation made it more difficult to mail drugs while also making addiction treatment facilities more widespread in the United States.
This legislation sailed through Congress with support from both sides, but that was before Speaker Pelosi took over the gavel in January.
Since then, Conway has been tracking their efforts on combatting the opioid epidemic to update Congress, but she claims Pelosi has been using her position to block White House officials from renting rooms in the Capitol. This has prevented Conway from meeting with bipartisan leaders to usher through the next steps against opioids.
During an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Conway explained the situation.
Watch Conway’s interview:
“I work on opioid and drug crisis in the White House, as you know. We had every single Democrat vote on the legislation last year. That was wonderful. This week, my office is trying to get me up on Capitol Hill for our annual briefing of the Senators and the House members. We can’t get a room in the House. Every time we reserve a room, now Democrats who are in charge of it get rid of it. I want the taxpayers to know we at the White House can’t get a room. No room at the inn in Nancy Pelosi’s Congress to do a briefing on a progress report on a piece of legislation that passed with every Democratic vote.”
Conway questioned the motives of Democrats refusing her team access and urged voters to speak to their representative about the issue.
“Do they want to keep this issue alive in 2020, and get more Americans into treatment and get them off of drugs?” asked Conway, adding, “Go ask your member of Congress.”