WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) issued the following statement today after the House Ways & Means Committee to approve a weaker alternative to their bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act:

“As the co-authors of the STOP Act in the U.S. Senate, we’re disappointed that instead of marking up our bipartisan legislation – which has 34 cosponsors in the Senate and 271 in the House – the Ways & Means Committee instead chose to consider a weaker alternative that seems to perpetuate the status quo rather than help solve the opioid crisis.  We are concerned that this weaker alternative would eliminate the real, enforceable, and immediate requirement that the Postal Service provide law enforcement with the information they need to identify and stop the shipment of deadly synthetic drugs into our communities.  In particular, the STOP Act requires the Postal Service to secure advanced electronic data on 100 percent of the packages entering the United States and transmit that data to Customs and Border Protection. 

“There is a strong bipartisan consensus that our bill, the STOP Act, will help combat the wave of opioid addiction and overdose deaths that are sweeping this country.  The Trump administration has endorsed the measure, and the Secretary of Homeland Security reaffirmed her support for it again just yesterday.  We appreciate the fact that Chairman Brady has acknowledged our concerns and is committed to working with us to resolve these differences.”