Gov. Baker at odds with Sen. Warren on medical research bill

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is finding himself at odds with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren over a medical research bill working its way through Congress.

The legislation envisions spending $6.3 billion over the coming decade, including $4.8 billion on National Institutes of Health research.

States would get $1 billion over the next two years for preventing and treating abuse of addictive drugs like opioids.

The Republican governor said he supports the bill, which he said would support Massachusetts’ leadership in biomedical innovation.

Baker also said the bill would help Massachusetts battle the state’s ongoing opioid abuse crisis.

Warren, a Democrat, opposes the bill calling it a giveaway to drug companies.

Warren has said the final bill has “only a tiny fig leaf of funding, for NIH and for the opioid crisis.”

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