Kuster Votes for Comprehensive Legislation To Address the Addiction and Mental Health Epidemic
Washington, February 28, 2022
**Both bills advanced today are included in the 2021 Legislative Agenda of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, which Kuster founded and co-chairs**
Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, voted to advance two bipartisan bills that were included in the Task Force’s 2021 Legislative Agenda. H.R. 586 (S.1543), the STANDUP Act of 2021, is bipartisan legislation, introduced in the Senate by Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and co-sponsored by Rep. Kuster, to address rising youth suicide rates in America. H.R. 2051 (S. 854), the Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021, is bipartisan legislation to address the rising use of methamphetamine.
“I founded the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force to create a united front to address the growing addiction and mental health crises in our country. Today, the House of Representatives sent two of the Task Force’s bills to the President’s desk,” said Rep. Kuster. “From addressing youth suicide rates to ensuring our government takes on methamphetamine use, today, Congress took concrete steps to save lives. I urge President Biden to sign these bills into law quickly and to continue working with both parties to address this epidemic once and for all.”
H.R. 586 (S.1543), the STANDUP Act of 2021, will:
H.R. 2051 (S. 854), the Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021, will:
Last year, the co-chairs of the Task Force announced the 2021 Legislative Agenda, a comprehensive package of bipartisan bills that outlines ongoing bipartisan efforts in Congress to address the dual addiction and mental health crises that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force hosts regular meetings with stakeholders, attends site visits, and creates and advances commonsense, evidence-based, and bipartisan policies that will save lives.