The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Thursday, May 25, 2023
Washington, May 25, 2023
Here’s what to watch for on the House Floor today:
Cracking Down on Fentanyl to Save American Lives
Thanks to Biden’s border crisis, fentanyl is pouring across our southern border, destroying lives, families, and communities.
But still the President refuses to take the mass poisoning of Americans seriously.
More than 150 people die from fentanyl and synthetic opioid-related overdoses every day, and fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old – taking more lives than heart disease, cancer, suicide, and homicide.
If the temporary order scheduling fentanyl related substances (FRS) ends, several FRS will become street-legal, law enforcement will lose authority to seize them, and drug traffickers will continue to funnel increasingly deadly drugs into the United States.
This should not be partisan – lives are at stake. In 2022, drug overdoses claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans, 67 percent of which involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and the DEA seized over 379 million doses of fentanyl – enough to kill every American.
H.R. 467, the HALT Fentanyl Act, introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith, permanently classifies fentanyl-related substances (FRS) in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, guarantees law enforcement has the resources to keep these drugs off the street, and allows for further research of FRS.
House Republicans are doing everything in our power to stop fentanyl from claiming more American lives – will Democrats join our efforts, or continue to shy from this deadly crisis?