On April 26, Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (IA-02) and Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced the Securing the Border for Public Health Act. This bill would allow for the implementation of Title 42 Public Health Authorities to stop the import of certain controlled substances including narcotics, opiates, opium derivatives, and fentanyl-related substances.
“Time after time the Biden Administration has shown that they are incapable of securing the U.S.-Mexico border. There are record numbers of illicit narcotics, such as fentanyl and opioids, crossing the border every day,” said Miller-Meeks. “The Biden Administration must forward a thoughtful and detailed plan to protect our border, support law enforcement, and keep our communities safe. Until that time, Title 42 should remain in place.”
“Our nation is facing a drug crisis and it starts at our southern border,” said Lesko. “This bill will allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enact Title 42 Public Health Authorities to stop the import of certain controlled substances in addition to its current implementation for preventing the spread of communicable diseases. It is our hope that the Biden Administration will use this change to extend Title 42 to tackle this drug crisis.”
To read the full text of this legislation, click HERE.