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Drug money: Delegation taking all the credit

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June 18. 2018 8:41PM




Politicians love bragging about spending other people’s money.

So last week, when the Trump administration announced that it was accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants, including an additional $21.9 million for New Hampshire, the state’s congressional delegation couldn’t congratulate itself fast enough.

Congressional appropriations are often spread around the country in order to win broad support, but the opioid epidemic isn’t hitting every state in the same way. New Hampshire has a much higher than average rate of addiction. Congress should target funds to states where the problem is most severe.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster have been making this argument, and helped get language reallocating opioid response funds into the budget deal. But Gov. Chris Sununu has also been working hard to get the Trump administration on board.

Democrats pillory Sununu whenever he welcomes a Trump administration official to New Hampshire, or when he travels to Washington to advocate for the Granite State. Sununu has invested time and energy into his relationship with the White House, and last week’s announcement is a dividend.

Democrats should remember that the delegation’s victory lap would not have been possible without Sununu’s help.


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