Legislation Would Make Fentanyl National Security Threat 

The Pentagon could go after drug cartels. 

Bipartisan members of the House and Senate have introduced bills that would declare fentanyl a national security threat. The Disrupt Fentanyl Trafficking Act would require a fentanyl-specific counterdrug strategy to be developed by the Pentagon and authorize the Department of Defense to take stronger action against the international criminal Mexican drug cartel organizations. 

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, one of the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a sponsor of the bill, stated, “The amount of lives lost in Iowa and across the country due to this deadly drug has far surpassed the federal government’s response, and we must scale immediately to combat this national security threat. This bipartisan work will engage Mexico as an active partner to counter fentanyl trafficking and put the Pentagon’s tools to use to save American lives.” 

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia said, “If we want to prevent future tragedies, the United States must work with Mexico to counter fentanyl trafficking across our southern border. This bipartisan, commonsense bill would help us create the strongest strategy for how to do that.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for federal legislators as they consider the measure to authorize the Defense Department to address Mexican drug cartels.
  • For Senators Ernst and Kaine as they endeavor to protect the people of the U.S. from fentanyl.
  • For members of the House as they consider and vote on the legislation.

Sources: Washington Examiner, CNN, Drug Enforcement Administration

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