The 20 House Republicans who voted against the package to tackle addiction and mental health
Twenty House Republicans voted against a package on Wednesday that includes provisions aimed at tackling mental health and addiction.
The legislation, dubbed the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Wellness Act, was approved by the House in a vote of 402 to 20. Six Republicans and one Democrat did not vote. .
Lawmakers who voted against were: Reps. Andy Biggs (Arizona), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Tim Burchett (Tenn.), Michael Cloud (Texas), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Bob Good (Va.), Paul Gosar (Arizona), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Michael Guest (Ms.), Clay Higgins (La.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Mary Miller (Illinois), Ralph Norman (SC), Chip Roy (Texas), Greg Steube (Florida) and Van Taylor (Texas).
The package seeks to establish a behavioral health crisis coordination office within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that would strengthen access to crisis care.
In addition, it reauthorizes grants for community mental health services supporting adults with mental illnesses and children with emotional disorders, and calls for more research into the effects of smartphone and social media use on people’s lives. adolescents in terms of health and development.
In a video posted on TwitterBiggs said he opposes the legislation because the federal government does not have the power to get involved in the issue.
“I want to tell you about a bill that I voted no on today, HR 7666, which is the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2022. That sounds good, but there really is no constitutional authority for the federal government. government to get involved in this,” he said.
He argued that the United States has experienced “greatest efficiency” when these matters are overseen by state and local governments for local churches, community clinics and associations.
“The problem is that the federal government is getting involved in something that it has no expertise in, and it will end up spending more money on administrative costs than actually providing services,” he said. he declares.
“That’s why it has to be left to the local level,” he added.
In a separate video posted on TwitterBurchett said the measure “allegedly” addresses mental health and described her as “woke”.
He also argued that the measure takes away “what states are allowed to do and only favors more federal programs.”