Washington, D.C. - In case you missed it, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined House Republicans to discuss the deadly fentanyl crisis. The Chairwoman called on Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to take immediate and permanent action to stop this crisis from worsening.
Full transcript of her remarks can be found below:
House Republicans are here today to discuss the fentanyl crisis, which Joe Biden and House Democrats’ open border policies and soft-on-crime agenda have worsened.
Drug overdoses due to fentanyl are now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45.
In FY21, over 11,000 pounds of fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection.
This is enough to kill EVERY American SEVEN times over.
Right now, fentanyl is being trafficked across our border, ripping through our communities, and killing our children. As a new mother, this loss of life is unconscionable.
Every day we are losing more lives to fentanyl while House Democrats look the other way.
Just last week, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats showed they were not serious about combating this epidemic when they BLOCKED our commonsense legislation that would permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as a Schedule I drug.
House Republicans are demanding Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats take immediate and permanent action to stop this crisis from worsening.
That starts by securing our border and empowering our law enforcement officers by ensuring they have the tools they need to keep these lethal drugs off our streets.
Today, I am joined by my colleagues in the House Republican Conference who serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee who will discuss this crisis.