McCaskill Lied About Missing Opioid Bill Vote

By NTK Staff | 10.18.2017 @1:45pm

The Missouri Democrat claimed she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the time, but fact checkers say that’s not true.

An explosive report by The Washington Post and CBS News’ “60 Minutes” on the opioid epidemic gripping the United States is rocking Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the congressman widely expected to serve as President Trump’s drug czar withdrew his name because a bill he sponsored made it harder for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to do its job cracking down on opioid use.

That same day, the Post blasted Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for claiming, during a CNN interview Monday, that she was not in the Senate to vote on that bill, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

“Now, I did not go along with this. I wasn’t here at the time. I was actually out getting breast cancer treatment. I don’t know that I would have objected. I like to believe I would have, but the bottom line is, once the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] kind of, the upper levels at the DEA obviously said it was okay, that’s what gave it the green light.”

But a timeline of events shows McCaskill clearly was back on the job at that time in 2016. A March 14 USA Today story highlighted McCaskill’s return to the Senate following breast cancer treatment. Senate records show she voted against a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on March 16. And on March 17, the opioid bill in question was approved.

Fact checkers at the Post gave McCaskill’s claim their worst rating: Four Pinocchios.

She told CNN she “like to believe” she would have opposed the bill and stopped it. But the reality is that she was there – and she missed the opportunity that she seeks now. She earns Four Pinocchios.

Later on Tuesday, McCaskill admitted she lied, calling it a “sloppy, embarrassing mistake” to say that she wasn’t there for the opioid bill vote. Because the bill passed by unanimous consent, it would have only taken one senator to object to force a roll call vote on the now-controversial bill. That never happened.

“I actually was not aware of the bill,” McCaskill said, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

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