cummings in his. i am acutely aware as a governor for the state of new jersey that much divides political dialogue that makes it difficult for us to get things done. this cannot be one of them. i read the obituaries that are happening regularly in our state. in none do they designate whether the person who died was a republican or a democrat. they are a son or daughter, husband or wife. a mother or father. so i hope that what we try to do in the commission and this committee is trying to do today will help to give this problem the ability to rise above the partisanship we have in our country today. it is true this is the greatest and broadest public health epidemic of our lifetime. everything else pales in comparison to the breath of this problem. it is everywhere in america. 175 people are dying per day. for someone who comes from where i come from, the most powerful analogy is that this means that we have a september 11th every 2.5 weeks. every 2.5 weeks. i want to ask all of you and this committee.
ranking him a cut is elijah cummings. -- ranking democrat is elijah cummings. >> good afternoon everyone. welcome to hopkins. my name is redondo miller. -- redonda miller. i have as president of the hospital the distinct pleasure of welcoming you-all to our institution. as president i have also had the immense pleasure and privilege of working closely with congressman elijah cummings on a variety of issues and we're grateful for his steadfast leadership, nationally and on behalf of his local constituents here. we're truly lucky to count ourselves among those he had a -- has expertly represented for more than two decades. and chairman gowdy, we're honored to be a part of the house oversight and government reform committee's efforts find meaningful solutions to the opioid epidemic. thank you all for being here today. it is no secret that we're in the throes of a crisis that's reached epic proportions throughout our country. baltimore is no exception. in 2016 we average nearly two fatal opioid overdoses in this city per day. this is a problem in desperate need of thoughtful answers. as both
chairman ranking member cummings and thank you governor for being here. you know there is a thing that in government if you want to know my priorities follow my budget. many of the organizations receiving funding through the community mental health block grant to the substance abuse and mental health services and these findings provide the wrap around services. we are talking about the axis to the drugs but those of us in this room and those who have been on the ground with the snow putting those services to transition and nurture a person out of addiction back to a healthy life training, rehabilitation, case management comes to the substance abuse and mental health services. unfortunately the house appropriations bill which we will vote on this month proposes cutting funding for the community mental health services block grant by $141 million. and our president's budget proposes cutting it by 116. i read your report. thank you for it but you strongly recommend and urge congress to do their constitutionally delegated duty and appropriate sufficient funds
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