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Fact-Checked Again: WaPo Rips Ocasio-Cortez for Trump Attack

The freshman Democrat is the subject of ridicule yet again for false statements she made on Twitter about President Trump and the opioid epidemic.

By NTK Staff | 03.12.2019 @9:52am
Fact-Checked Again: WaPo Rips Ocasio-Cortez for Trump Attack

The Washington Post has not shied away from fact checking false statements made by freshman Democrat and liberal darling, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). So, since her swearing-in back in January, they have been busy.

Ocasio-Cortez’s latest offense was a tweet that received more than 45,000 retweets and likes. The heart of the tweet is a six-minute video, shared by CSPAN, from a committee hearing in which Ocasio-Cortez questioned James W. Carroll, the White House’s director of drug policy.

Here’s the tweet in question:

The problem, as pointed out by the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, is Ocasio-Cortez’s “highly misleading claim that Trump has essentially done nothing to address the opioid epidemic.

In fact, in August 2017, Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency at the recommendation of a task force convened to study the problem. The result was millions of dollars appropriated by Congress and signed into law by Trump:

After the declaration, Congress appropriated more than $6 billion to combat the opioid crisis, including $4.4 billion in the fiscal 2019 spending bill. The bill included $1.5 billion in state response grants, $500 million for research, $475.6 million for prescription drug overdose prevention, $120 million for rural communities and $89 million for medication-assisted treatment for addiction; it also gave the director of the National Institutes of Health the ability to transfer funds “specifically appropriated for opioid addiction, opioid alternatives, pain management, and addiction treatment.”

Congress also moved other legislation, including passage in late 2018 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, a legislative vehicle for dozens of bills to address the epidemic. The final appropriations bill that Trump signed in February, which included Justice Department funding, also included $77 million for drug courts to support nonviolent offenders in recovery, $22 million for men and women in uniform suffering from addiction and $87.5 million for offender reentry and research activities.

In short, Trump asked for $6 billion for his border wall, but was denied by Congress and therefore moved money around to address that concern. In the case of the opioid epidemic, Congress gave Trump more than $6 billion to combat the crisis, making any additional fund movements unnecessary.

“Ocasio-Cortez is making a misleading comparison,” Kessler wrote. “Trump has no need to transfer billions of dollars for the opioid emergency because Congress already has appropriated billions of dollars. Trump’s backing of a national public-health emergency did more than raise awareness; it triggered a congressional response. So it’s the exact opposite of the standoff over the wall.”

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