Sending Office: Honorable Max Rose
Sent By:
Erin.Meegan@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor the bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act (H.R. 2483)

House companion to S. 1044 by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire)

Dear Colleague:

In light of the dramatic rise of the fentanyl and heroin epidemic, we urge you to cosponsor the bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which will apply pressure on the Chinese government to honor their commitment to make all fentanyl illegal and provide
the United States with more tools and resources to go after illicit traffickers in China, Mexico, and other countries.

Fentanyl is trafficked into the United States primarily from China and Mexico, and is responsible for the ongoing fentanyl epidemic. The
People’s Republic of China is the world’s largest producer of illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and their immediate precursors. From the People’s Republic of China, those substances are shipped primarily through express consignment carriers or international
mail directly to the United States, or, alternatively, shipped directly to transnational criminal organizations in Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. Some officials
estimate
 that China is responsible for over 90 percent of the illicit fentanyl found in the U.S.

Following a commitment to the U.S. at the G-20 in December 2018, Chinese regulators announced on April 1, 2019, that a wider range of fentanyl derivatives would be declared controlled substances in China on May 1, 2019. China already has problems enforcing
its current drug laws and continues to deny that its illicit fentanyl producers are a major source of illicit opioids contributing to the U.S. opioid crisis.

Specifically, the legislation would:

  • Require imposition of sanctions on drug manufacturers in China who knowingly provide synthetic opioids to traffickers, transnational criminal organizations like those in Mexico who mix fentanyl with other drugs and traffic them into the U.S. and financial
    institutions that assist such entities.
  • Authorize new funding to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, including the Departments of Treasury, Department of Defense and Department of State, to combat the foreign trafficking of opioids.
  • Urges the President to commence diplomatic efforts with U.S. partners to establish multilateral sanctions against foreign opioid traffickers.
  • Establish a Commission on Synthetic Opioid Trafficking to monitor U.S. efforts and report on how to more effectively combat the flow of synthetic opioids from China, Mexico and elsewhere.

If you would like additional information or to cosponsor the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, please contact Erin Meegan in Congressman Rose’s office at erin.meegan@mail.house.gov or X51104.

Sincerely,

Max Rose                                                      French Hill

Member of Congress                                    Member of Congress

 

Anthony Brindisi                                             Brian Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress                                     Member of Congress

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