An increase in legal opioids and illegal drugs has led to an epidemic that is devastating our communities. While there is no simple solution, I am working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to end opioid abuse and save lives. I recently cosponsored two pieces of legislation that will aid us in this fight.
H.R. 664, the STOP OD Act of 2017, expands funding for treatment and education. You can learn more about the legislation here.
H.R. 1057, STOP ACT of 2017, helps thwart dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped across US borders. The bill requires foreign postal operators to supply advance electronic data to the U.S. Postal Service, which will enable federal law enforcement agencies to track high-risk shipments. You can learn more about the legislation here.
Iran Deal, Seasonal Employee Visas Letters
I recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requesting that he answer a series of questions regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. You may read the letter in its entirety here.
In a bipartisan letter to Acting Secretary of Labor Edward Hugler, I requested that the Department of Labor address and fix the significant delay in the processing of H-2B visas. Seasonal workers are vital to our local economy. These visas are expensive and already take more time than necessary. The added delays will adversely affect local businesses who depend on the help of seasonal workers as well as the broader economy: for every H-2B employee hired, 4.64 American jobs are created and supported. I encourage you to read the letter in its entirety here.