Why Congress wants to delay opioid spending bill for now

POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey reports that Senate Democrats are planning to postpone a vote on their own $3.2 trillion opioid spending package until next week, citing the possibility of a delay in the passage of the measure.

The move is expected to be made Monday, according to the Democrats.

The House bill would have been set for a vote Tuesday, but a procedural change that prevented the Senate from taking up the measure on its own before the midnight deadline allowed Democrats to delay the vote.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said the Senate could take up the bill after midnight.

Democrats have already called on President Donald Trump to veto the legislation, arguing that the bill would worsen the opioid crisis and would hurt patients, families and businesses.