Rosen-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Fentanyl Trafficking Passes the Senate, Signed into Law

The Bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act Passed the Senate Last Night and House of Representatives as Part of the National Security Supplemental Last Weekend, President Biden Signed it into Law Today

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced that bipartisan legislation she joined to crack down on international fentanyl trafficking passed the Senate last night and has been signed into law today. The bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act will require the President to sanction drug rings involved in international drug trafficking, including cartels from Mexico and chemical suppliers in China. It will also crack down on fentanyl-related money laundering and officially declare fentanyl trafficking a national emergency – freeing up additional federal resources to combat the fentanyl crisis. This legislation was included in the bipartisan supplemental aid package that passed out of the Senate yesterday.

“The illicit fentanyl coming into the U.S. and spreading in our communities is smuggled across the border by international cartels. I’m working across the aisle to stop the flow of this deadly drug by cracking down on these drug rings,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m glad this bipartisan legislation that I supported to sanction international fentanyl traffickers, crack down on fentanyl-related money laundering, and declare the fentanyl crisis a national emergency has been signed into law. Through a fentanyl national emergency declaration, we’ll free up more resources and funding to combat this crisis. I’ll keep working in a bipartisan way to keep our communities safe.”

Senator Rosen has consistently worked across the aisle to secure the border and stop the flow of fentanyl. Earlier this month, Rosen voted to advance two bipartisan bills to improve U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources to better detect illicit drugs like fentanyl and other contraband smuggled across the U.S. southern border. Last month, her bipartisan END FENTANYL Act was signed into law, which will help crack down on drug smuggling by requiring the CBP Commissioner to update its drug interdiction guidance to ensure it is up to date. Senator Rosen has also called on the Biden administration to prioritize additional resources to stop the flow of illicit drugs like fentanyl through ports of entry along the border, pushed for increased resources to support border personnel, and voted to advance legislation to provide nearly $14 billion in funding to strengthen border security and humanely process migrants.