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SBE Council Applauds President Trump’s Call for Action on “STOP Act” by U.S. Senate

By at 21 August, 2018, 9:40 am

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Washington, D.C. –  The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) echoed President Donald Trump’s call for action yesterday, which implored the U.S. Senate to quickly act on the House-Senate compromise (H.R. 1057 and S. 372) of the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Protection Act (STOP ACT). The bipartisan legislation passed the U.S. House by a vote of 353-52 on June 14, and would require shipments from foreign countries delivered through the United States Postal System (USPS) to provide advanced electronic data (AED), identifying the sender, recipient and contents of a package – a requirement that private shippers must currently abide by.  AED would address a host of issues involving the millions upon millions of questionable packages that are shipped into the U.S. each year, especially those containing deadly fentanyl.

In a tweet on August 20, President Trump declared:

“It is outrageous that Poisonous Synthetic Heroin Fentanyl comes pouring into the U.S. Postal System from China. We can, and must, END THIS NOW! The Senate should pass the STOP ACT – and firmly STOP this poison from killing our children and destroying our country. No more delay!”

SBE Council has been a long-time supporter of closing the USPS security gap, and the STOP Act as a solution.  The organization’s president & CEO Karen Kerrigan said:

“Beyond the distressing human toll the opioid crisis and deadly fentanyl is placing on our families and country as a whole, America’s workforce is being wounded and drained due to opioid dependency and abuse. Dangerous individuals from abroad are shipping deadly fentanyl and other illicit materials into the U.S. through the U.S. postal system. For the sake of our citizens, economy and national security this pipeline must be plugged. The technology and tools to significantly curb the flow of deadly fentanyl pouring across our borders are readily available, and the STOP Act requires that it be utilized by the USPS.”

On April 25, Kerrigan provided a letter-for-the-record to the House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Trade, which strongly endorsed the STOP Act. As Kerrigan noted in her letter:

“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 unchecked counterfeit goods into the U.S., which has a serious negative impact on America’s small businesses, entrepreneurs and our economy…Online drug traffickers and foreign bad actors are very much aware of this easy [USPS] loophole and fully exploit it.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, over 1 million packages a day are shipped into the U.S. from foreign countries without the advance electronic security data needed by intelligence agencies to monitor high-risk items. Over ninety percent of all inbound packages to the U.S. are coming from foreign postal services without advanced electronic data.

SBE Council is member of Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP), a coalition of families, health care advocates, security experts, businesses and non-profits who believe it is time to close this dangerous security gap that leaves our nation vulnerable to foreign attacks and invites illegal and toxic drugs into our communities.  For detailed information and background on the issue, please visit the coalition’s FAQs page here.

Fentanyl Facts:

● As noted by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), chief sponsor of S. 372, in recent Op-ed:

“Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin, so deadly that a few flakes can be fatal. Because of this, it can be shipped into the U.S. in small packages without being detected – unless law enforcement have information to identify suspicious packages.”

● Rep. John Faso (R-NY), primary sponsor of H.R. 1057, highlighted the powerful and deadly nature of fentanyl in a June press release, which hailed passage of the bill in the House:

“Earlier this year, in one bust, officials seized nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl which was said to be enough to kill the entire populations of New Jersey and New York City combined.”

CONTACT:

Karen Kerrigan, kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has worked to successfully implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: www.sbecouncil.org. Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil 

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