we are considering legislation to permanently schedule fentanyl substances.
Proactively scheduling fentanyl related substances must be a priority. Too many
American lives have been lost to reject this critical measure.
wrongly assert that controlling fentanyl analogues is partisan and unnecessary.
That’s simply untrue. Legislation to schedule fentanyl analogues is a
bipartisan issue. Just last year, this body passed a bipartisan 15-month
extension bill unanimously.
such authority is necessary. The CDC estimates that fentanyl analogues killed
50,000 Americans in the last 12 months. We must prevent overdose deaths. Prevention
is possible when we use our laws to force China to stop the flow of fentanyl
of permanent scheduling assert that the authority is broad and could result in
too many arrests. But, since the Drug Enforcement Administration placed
fentanyl analogues in Schedule I, the Justice Department has convicted only 8 people
under that authority. This authority hasn’t resulted in vast and wide
prosecutions. Rather, it’s targeted and deliberate, as it should be.
if controlling fentanyl analogues is in fact bipartisan and necessary, why
isn’t supporting legislation a no-brainer?
because of heightened partisanship, Democrats can’t vote for legislation that
helps law enforcement. Or maybe they can’t be seen as supporting any drug
control law, even if it could save thousands of lives.
position goes against the unfortunate truth that 50,000 Americans have died
from these deadly fentanyl analogues. Politics has no place above human life.
frustrated as I am by this, it’s not in my nature to throw in the towel. I’ll
always work hard to find middle ground.
why I’m asking every Senator to support Senator Cotton’s permanent extension,
or at a minimum, my bill, the Temporary
Extension of Fentanyl Scheduling Act.
bipartisan measure extends the authority to schedule fentanyl analogues for 14
months. It keeps fentanyl analogues in Schedule I until July 2022, which is long
enough for the Administration to come to a permanent scheduling solution, and
allow for a deliberate and transparent dialogue with Congress. Simply put, we
need to give ourselves enough time to find a solution.
history shows us, lengthy fentanyl scheduling legislation isn’t controversial.
I’m simply asking for a similar, bipartisan approach now.
bill is the only bipartisan temporary extension bill on the table. I’m grateful
for Senators Hassan and Shaheen for teaming up with myself and Senator Cornyn.
can’t limit ourselves in the fight against fentanyl. It’s with this in mind
that I urge all my colleagues to support either a permanent extension or my bipartisan
bill and to extend the authority to schedule fentanyl analogues for 14 months.