LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the U.S. Senate is working on crafting a comprehensive package to combat the nation's opioid addiction problems and ease the transition from treatment to the workforce.

The Kentucky Republican attended discussions Monday in Louisville that included business representatives and executives on the front lines of treating people battling drug addiction. McConnell emerged to promote his recently introduced measure aimed at helping people make the successful journey from treatment to the workplace.

McConnell noted that as majority leader, he sets the Senate's schedule.

McConnell's bill — known as the CAREER Act — aims to expand transitional housing options for recovering addicts until they find permanent arrangements. It also would give states more flexibility to spend federal career services and training funds to help them find jobs.