Sen. Angus King wants money to fight the opioid epidemic to be included in a temporary measure to fund the federal government through Dec. 9.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes to reach compromise with the White House and Senate Democrats over legislation temporarily financing the government to prevent an Oct. 1 shutdown. The so-called continuing resolution would include money to combat the Zika virus.

King, an independent, sent a letter Thursday to the Senate Appropriations committee asking to include $181 million already authorized to fight opioid addiction. He's also asking Obama to negotiate with lawmakers to ensure the money is included.

Maine recorded a record 272 overdose deaths in 2015 and is on pace for another record with 189 deaths in the first six months of 2016.

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