House Democrats stood firmly in the way on Wednesday of a Republican bill that would have placed deadly fentanyl-related substances, including precursors, as Schedule I materials under the Controlled Substances Act.
Overall, 220 liberal House members voted against the measure, which would have given the federal government much-needed new avenues to thwart this deadly epidemic.
Amazingly, fentanyl is now the leading killer of U.S. adults 18-45. Experts report that 10% of the unusual drop in American life expectancy experienced in recent years is due to opioid deaths.
The opioid scourge has roots in communist China, which is the principal source of the raw materials and precursors. These products are sent to Mexico for preparation and smuggling across Biden’s open border and into the U.S.
The “Halt All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act” was sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and introduced with Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH). Fully 88 co-sponsors signed on — all Republicans.
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Griffith hailed the measure as giving the federal government new and important tools in fighting fentanyl traffickers. He also said that the legislation would help lessen the total of overdose deaths in the U.S.
Apparently that was not enough to convince Democrats in the House to sign on. This now marks the third time this year the party has blocked the bill. They stopped it in February and again in April.
Some GOP members on the Energy and Commerce Committee suggested that Democrats want to “weaken criminal penalties on traffickers who move fentanyl-related substances.”
Several other Republican-sponsored measures are in the works to combat the opioid epidemic. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced a bill requiring life imprisonment or the death penalty for dealing fentanyl when it results in a loss of life.
The late Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Warlorski sponsored a measure to allow for lawsuits by individuals or state attorneys general against foreign governments that allow the trafficking of fentanyl to the U.S.
It is unconscionable that Democrats continue to stand in the way of real progress in tackling this crisis. Punishments for traffickers need to be swift and certain, and there is no room for standing around and just waiting for the crisis to blow over.