PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Letter for the Record: Subcommittee on Trade, House Ways and Means Committee, Hearing on Opioids and the International Mail System – Support of the STOP ACT

By at 24 April, 2018, 6:52 pm

The Honorable David Reichert

Chairman

Subcommittee on Trade

Committee on Ways and Means

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.  20515

 

The Honorable Bill Pascrell

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Trade

Committee on Ways and Means

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.   20515

 

Dear Chairman Reichert and Ranking Member Pascrell:

The nationwide opioid crises is impacting America’s small businesses and the communities that depend on their economic activity and success.  Beyond the distressing human toll the crisis has placed on families and our country as a whole, America’s workforce is being wounded and drained due to opioid dependency and abuse. Therefore the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is pleased to see the Subcommittee on Trade address this critical issue at a hearing on April 25, which will explore ways to prevent and end the dangerous supply of deadly synthetic opioids that enter our country through the U.S. postal system.

SBE Council strongly supports the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Protection Act (STOP ACT), H.R. 1057 and S.372. The legislation would require shipments from foreign countries delivered through our postal system to provide advanced electronic data (AED), which identifies the sender, recipient and contents of a package – a requirement that private shippers must currently abide by.

The bipartisan STOP Act would not only deter the shipment of deadly opioids into our country, it would also help to prevent foreign bad actors from shipping other unchecked counterfeit goods into the U.S., which has a serious negative impact on America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. Only 36 percent of the nearly a half a billion packages shipped to the U.S. via the U.S. Postal Service in 2017 used AED to screen and stop dangerous or dubious material.  Online drug traffickers and foreign bad actors are very much aware of this easy loophole and fully exploit it.

It is imperative that Congress quickly act on readily available solutions that will save lives and protect our economy from the devastation of deadly opioids. The STOP Act will prevent bad actors from using the U.S. Postal System in ways that harm our national security, economic strength and the health and well-being of American citizens.

On behalf of the more than 100,000 members and supporters of the SBE Council, thank you for your leadership and focus on this critical issue. Please do not hesitate to contact SBE Council if you have questions about our support of the STOP Act.

Sincerely,

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

 

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