U.S. House votes on bill to expand fight against drug abuse across Appalachia

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(WYMT) – Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act. The act expands the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) efforts to fight drug abuse in Appalachia.

Congressman Hal Rogers is a co-sponsor of the bill.

“ARC has always been a valued partner in our fight, but this legislation clarifies that the Commission can and should make targeted investments to reduce barriers to workforce development; attract and retain healthcare services, businesses, and workers; and develop relevant infrastructure, including broadband which can be used for telemedicine treatment,” said Congressman Rogers.

The bill will move on to the U.S. Senate.