Portman: Senate Passage of Temporary Extension to Keep Deadly Fentanyl-Related Substances Illegal a Positive Step, But Congress Must Pass Permanent Solution
WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) lauded Senate passage of legislation that extended the temporary emergency scheduling of fentanyl-related substances for five months. In February 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary scheduling order to schedule fentanyl analogues that allowed federal law enforcement authorities to bring criminal actions against individuals who manufacture, distribute, or handle these deadly drugs. With this scheduling order set to expire on May 6, the House passed H.R. 2630, the Extending Temporary Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act by voice vote. The Senate passed the measure today by unanimous consent. Portman emphasized the need for Congress to quickly pass his bipartisan Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act to permanently schedule illicitly manufactured and deadly fentanyl-related substances known as fentanyl analogues.
“While I commend the work of Congress today to extend the temporary emergency scheduling of these deadly substances, more work needs to be done to protect the American people. Congress needs to do the hard work and make deadly fentanyl-related substances illegal permanently by passing my bipartisan FIGHT Fentanyl Act. This bill will send the message to the makers of these deadly drugs that we are serious about addressing this problem. Doing so will give law enforcement the tools it needs to keep these substances from coming across our borders.”