President signs Tsongas' fentanyl trafficking legislation

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

Providing the border patrol with more screening devices and lab support should not only stop more fentanyl from coming into the USA, it will also protect more agents in the field from exposure to risky substances.

Brown, who publicly encouraged Trump to sign the bill Friday, notes that the flow of fentanyl across the U.S. -Mexico border is having a devastating effect on the population of Ohio.

"I'm going to give it to a Democrat", Trump said as he handed Markey the writing utensil.

Bipartisanship in politics at any level these days is rare, so when Republicans and Democrats agree on anything, it's worth noting.

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The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act "directs the Department of Homeland Security to provide additional tools and resources to detect and intercept the supply of illicit fentanyl, which is our new big scourge", President Donald Trump said before signing the bill. Drugs are entering our country across our borders and even through our own postal system. He said, "In Massachusetts, like OH, it's an epidemic", adding, "This is the epidemic".

King voted for the bipartisan bill, which he said is created to combat opioid abuse by providing chemical screening devices to U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees.

Specifically, the legislation grants $9 million to the CBP to purchase hundreds of such devices as well as laboratory equipment.

Both Senators said they're very pleased the act was signed into law. Find us on Facebook too!

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