Republican lawmakers are pushing to make fentanyl distribution felony murder in response to the spike in overdoses nationwide.
Sen. Marco Rubio, along with other lawmakers unveiled the Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act to upgrade penalties for fentanyl distribution that leads to death.
“Fentanyl is killing Americans at a record high,” he said. “This deadly drug is widespread throughout our country and has left no community untouched. This bill would make drug dealers pay the price for selling deadly fentanyl.”
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said they deserve the “strictest sentence possible.”
He also put the blame on Biden’s border policy. Experts say drug cartels in Mexico have exploited the southern border for years and are largely responsible for the influx of fentanyl.
“People who knowingly distribute lethal fentanyl deserve the strictest sentence possible,” he said. “For too long, people have suffered addiction and death because of this evil drug that is pouring across Joe Biden’s open southern border. Fentanyl has skyrocketed to the number one killer of young people, and to put an end to this crisis, strong actions must be taken. I am proud to join Senator Rubio in standing up for victims of this crisis, and urge the immediate passage of this critically important bill.”
Critics have continued blasting Biden for the border’s role in the fentanyl crisis.
.@ODeaForColorado: “We’ve got fentanyl killing our kids. People call what [Republican governors] did cruel. You know what’s cruel? Ignoring this issue. Democrats are ignoring it — doing nothing while our kids are dying.” pic.twitter.com/KwIlsIArNu
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 18, 2022
Since our government is (mostly) ignoring the public on Fentanyl, I’m considering organizing a single-issue voting block that will swing the election to whichever candidate has the best plan for stopping the ODs.
Ten million voters would get it done.
Retweet if you’re in.
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) September 18, 2022