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Law Enforcement Praises Sherrod For Bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act, Push For Immediate Implementation

COLUMBUS, OH  – Yesterday, law enforcement officials “praised” Sherrod for passing his bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act, calling the bill a “huge step forward”  and “thank[ing]” Sherrod for being a “leader” on this issue. Sherrod’s bipartisan bill will protect Ohioans from dangerous fentanyl by cracking down on the chemical suppliers in China and drug traffickers in Mexico.

Sherrod worked with Republicans to keep Ohioans and law enforcement safe from dangerous fentanyl – a “bright contrast” to Bernie Moreno, who said he “reject[s]” bipartisanship and opposed the FEND Off Fentanyl Act. Sherrod’s legislation was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and law enforcement officers across Ohio.

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Northwest Signal: Brown wants immediate action on FEND Off Fentanyl Act
Lucas Bechtol – May 1, 2024

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wants to see swift action to enact the protections lined out in the Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act.
  • This legislation, Brown said, would put sanctions on the entire supply chain, including Chinese manufacturers of fentanyl and its transportation to Mexican cartels that traffic it into the United States. The bill will also target the cartels’ billions of dollars in illicit profits.
  • “The administration needs to move to implement this (act) immediately,” he said during a recent conference call. “We talked to the administration, we’re pushing them already.”
  • Brown said he “worked every angle” he could to get it passed over the last year and officers across the country shouldn’t have to wait longer.
  • Jonathan Thompson, a member of the board of directors for the National Sheriff’s Association, said this bill brought common sense, creativity and commitment to the fentanyl problem. 
  • Thompson said Brown’s push for it has helped make it a reality.
  • “Some have called this a sanctions and anti-money laundering bill,” he said. “I think this is a shot to the heart to the underlying premise of both the Chinese and the cartels who have ganged up to really go after this country and undermine its people.”
  • Larry Cosme, immediate past president with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, thanked Brown for being a leader on this issue.
  • “We really appreciate your strong commitment to ensuring this bill became law and now we’re looking forward to continuing to work with you, like we have, to stop these transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels from profiting from poisoning our communities across the nation,” he said on the conference call.
  • Brown said he worked with both these organizations and others to learn more about the fentanyl problem and to help craft this bill.
  • “That’s how I always approach this job: you listen to Ohioans, you put partisanship aside, work with people, you don’t give up, you get things done,” he said. “It’s a major step forward in the battle to crack down on fentanyl traffickers.”