Senate Democrats Stopped Opioid Response Funding As Fentanyl Deaths Skyrocket

Every Senate Democrat voted earlier this year to stop an amendment to a bill that would have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in essential funding for opioid detection and interdiction at the southern border.

The National Center for Health Statistics reported that more than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the 12 months ending in April of this year. The vast majority of those deaths were the result of opioid overdoses. The country has since seen a steady surge of fentanyl coming across the southern border during the Biden administration.

Joe Biden’s presidency had barely begun when Senate Democrats voted down an amendment in March that would have allocated $300 million for U.S. Customs and Border Protection toward “narcotic and opioid detection activities.” At the time, illegal border crossings were hitting a 15 year high and increasing since.

According to law enforcement experts, there is a strong correlation between increased drug smuggling and depleted Border Patrol resources. Mexican cartels know when the time is right to take advantage of a lowered law enforcement presence at the border.

The former immigration judge and fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies Andrew Arthur noted that federal agents in Del Rio, Texas, went four months this year without intercepting any narcotics or opioids, even as fentanyl deaths in the U.S. were spiking upward. He concludes that agents are so overwhelmed they “just don’t have the opportunity to stop any drugs.”

The 2022 midterm elections will see Senate races for Democrat incumbents from Georgia, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Arizona who voted down the border opioid interdiction funding. In particular, Arizona has seen drug overdose deaths go up by 33.5 percent in 2020 alone over the prior year. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) will be facing a Republican challenger to be determined in the upcoming primary.

Kelly and other Democrats who will be facing challenges next year have been torn between protecting the citizens of their states and satisfying the demands of the radical leftists in charge of their party and fundraising. Kelly, in particular, has a voting record that belies his claims that he is serious about border security.

In October, Left-leaning Quinnipiac released a poll showing that only 23 percent of Americans approve of Joe Biden’s handling of the “situation at the Mexican border.” In that poll, independent voters said that immigration is the second-most important issue leading into next year’s midterm election cycle.