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Congressman Andy Barr Helps Pass Law to Fight Drug Epidemic

01.11.18 01:27 PM – Andy McDonald

Third from right, Congressman Andy Barr was in the Oval Office Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence and other legislators to watch President Trump enact a new law to combat drug trafficking. President Trump is shown being congratulated by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

Kentucky 6th District Congressman Andy Barr was at the White House Wednesday for the signing of a law that will help law enforcement fight the deadly drug epidemic.

Congressman Barr was invited to witness the final step for enacting the INTERDICT Act, which President Trump signed into law.

The bi-partisan measure was sponsored by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) and passed with Congressman Barr’s support by a vote of 412-3.

Congressman Barr was invited to attend the bill signing because of his support of the legislation and because of his respected and known advocacy to address the drug crisis in Kentucky and this nation, according to Eric G. Landis,Senior Defense and Homeland Security Advisor to Congressman Barr.

The law requires the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to:

1. Increase the number of chemical screening devices available to CBP officers to intercept fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States, substances imported through the mail or by an express consignment operator or carrier, and;

2. Dedicate the appropriate number of CBP personnel, including scientists, to interpret data collected by such devices during all operational hours.

The law further authorizes $9 million in appropriations to the CBP to ensure necessary screening and interdiction resources are available during all operational hours.

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