Sen. Baldwin pushes border screening for fentanyl

WASHINGTON (WBAY) - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is urging President Trump to sign a bill which may slow down the stream of fentanyl into the U.S.

A bill would add screening technology and scientists to the tools used by U.S. Customs and border protection. The estimated cost is $9 million.

As we've reported, fentanyl is an incredibly potent and deadly opioid. Last year, 174 people died from fentanyl and similar drugs in Milwaukee County alone.

Sen. Baldwin and the bill's bipartisan sponsors want more synthetic opioids caught at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Certainly Congress needs to stand up, but the president can do more, and the thing he can do today, immediately, is sign this measure," Baldwin said.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin responded that her support is motivated by the upcoming election.

“When Wisconsin veterans were in danger of being over-prescribed opioids at the Tomah VA, Senator Baldwin failed to act and veterans paid the price. Now that it’s an election year, Baldwin is desperately trying to re-write her record," Wisconsin GOP spokesman Alec Zimmerman said.

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