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H.R. 5294 - Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018

Sponsor: Lou Barletta (R)
Introduced: 2018-06-14
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
 

Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018

This bill allows the Appalachian Regional Commission to support projects and activities addressing drug abuse, including opioid abuse.

Such projects and activities may include those that:

  • facilitate the sharing of best practices among states, counties, and other experts in the region with respect to reducing drug abuse;
  • initiate or expand programs designed to eliminate or reduce the harm to the workforce and economic growth of the region that results from drug abuse;
  • attract and retain relevant health care services, businesses, and workers; and
  • develop relevant infrastructure, including broadband infrastructure that supports the use of telemedicine.

Full Text


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5294


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 14, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


AN ACT

    To amend title 40, United States Code, to address the impact of drug abuse on economic development in Appalachia, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Drug abuse mitigation initiative.

(a) In general.—Chapter 145 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 14509 the following:

§ 14510. Drug abuse mitigation initiative

“(a) In general.—The Appalachian Regional Commission may provide technical assistance to, make grants to, enter into contracts with, or otherwise provide amounts to individuals or entities in the Appalachian region for projects and activities to address drug abuse, including opioid abuse, in the region, including projects and activities—

“(1) to facilitate the sharing of best practices among States, counties, and other experts in the region with respect to reducing such abuse;

“(2) to initiate or expand programs designed to eliminate or reduce the harm to the workforce and economic growth of the region that results from such abuse;

“(3) to attract and retain relevant health care services, businesses, and workers; and

“(4) to develop relevant infrastructure, including broadband infrastructure that supports the use of telemedicine.

“(b) Limitation on available amounts.—Of the cost of any activity eligible for a grant under this section—

“(1) not more than 50 percent may be provided from amounts appropriated to carry out this section; and

“(2) notwithstanding paragraph (1)—

“(A) in the case of a project to be carried out in a county for which a distressed county designation is in effect under section 14526, not more than 80 percent may be provided from amounts appropriated to carry out this section; and

“(B) in the case of a project to be carried out in a county for which an at-risk designation is in effect under section 14526, not more than 70 percent may be provided from amounts appropriated to carry out this section.

“(c) Sources of assistance.—Subject to subsection (b), a grant provided under this section may be provided from amounts made available to carry out this section in combination with amounts made available—

“(1) under any other Federal program (subject to the availability of subsequent appropriations); or

“(2) from any other source.

“(d) Federal share.—Notwithstanding any provision of law limiting the Federal share under any other Federal program, amounts made available to carry out this section may be used to increase that Federal share, as the Appalachian Regional Commission determines to be appropriate.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The analysis for chapter 145 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 14509 the following:

“14510. Drug abuse mitigation initiative.”.

Passed the House of Representatives June 13, 2018.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk

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