Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott (R-SC) took a strong step on Tuesday in the battle against Mexican drug cartels flooding the U.S. with deadly fentanyl. And it is aimed squarely at an issue caused by President Joe Biden’s gravely misguided open border policy.
As Senate lawmakers crafted their version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Scott introduced the “Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act.”
This is a stand-alone measure targeting the financial assets of powerful drug cartels and suppliers. The aim is to strangle the supply lines of funding and raw materials flowing into these international organizations.
The fentanyl crisis is raging, and it’s hitting South Carolina hard. Our country must target the Chinese suppliers and Mexican cartels responsible for this crisis if we’re going to save American lives.https://t.co/XWmSvnZRc6
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) July 10, 2023
In a statement to the Daily Wire, Scott said “Mexican traffickers and Chinese drug suppliers are fueling America’s fentanyl crisis.” This bill attempts to change the status quo.
Scott’s proposal would strengthen existing laws to target those supplying the deadly drug along with their supply chains. It would further impose sanctions on the illegal drug trade and those who engage in the money laundering schemes that finance it.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported that over 107,000 Americans lost their lives in 2021 due to violence and drug overdoses connected to the largest Mexican drug cartels.
DEA Administrator Anne Milgran told GOP members of the House Appropriations Committee that these startling numbers were the result of activity by the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels.
Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18-45. Almost 65% of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are caused by the Mexican import.
And there’s more. In 2022, DEA agents seized more than 379 million doses of fentanyl, which is enough to kill every American.
It is also well known in Washington that Communist China supplies most of the precursor chemicals necessary to produce the lethal drug to the Mexican cartels. Beijing has so far been uncooperative with attempts to stem this deadly flow.
Scott’s legislation is truly bipartisan. It garnered 62 Senate cosponsors since being introduced and cleared the Senate Banking Committee with unanimous support.
Several powerful organizations have also thrown their backing behind Scott’s proposal. They include Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA) and the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence.
National law enforcement groups are also solidly in favor of the FEND Off Fentanyl Act. Endorsing the measure are the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association.