House Dems Not Considering Bill To Fight Opioid Crisis Due To Focus On Impeachment

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is so focused on President Trump’s ongoing impeachment effort that he is foregoing his duties as a lawmaker, House Republicans are claiming.

Republican Oregon Congressman Greg Walden said Nadler is refusing to pass a ban on fentanyl substances because of his “obsession” with removing Trump, the Daily Caller reports.

“Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee’s partisan obsession with impeachment is preventing us from taking common-sense action to extend a critical tool for law enforcement to combat the trafficking of fentanyl-related substances,” Walden said per the report.

The Republican continued: “The Senate has passed an extension, but the House has yet to act. The House leadership needs to put the Senate bill on the floor next week so this critical authority does not lapse.”

According to the report, the Drug Enforcement Administration unilaterally enacted a ban on all fentanyl substances in February 2018. The ban is set to expire on Feb. 6 of this year, unless Congress acts to extend it or allow the DEA to ban substances indefinitely.

The Daily Caller adds:

A bipartisan group of senators passed the “Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act” on Jan. 16. The House of Representatives, meanwhile, voted on Jan. 15 to send the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. Nadler was selected as one of the House’s impeachment managers.

“I believe we are having a hearing on it early next week (Tuesday morning), which is needed before we can vote on anything,” Schwarz said, adding, “Not sure what the complaint is.”

Walden is not the only Republican who is criticizing the New York Democrat.

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“While Chairman Nadler wastes taxpayer time on a partisan impeachment sham, he is failing to do his actual job on the Judiciary Committee,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote in a Jan. 22 tweet. “The Senate has unanimously (!) passed a ban on fentanyl. The same legislation languishes on Nadler’s desk.”

Fentanyl was found out to be the number one killer in the opioid crisis, accounting for more than 50 percent of 5,000 opioid overdoses in 2016.

The Daily Caller reports even the slightest mishandling of fentanyl can lead to a massive loss of life: “A dose of 2 milligrams of fentanyl can kill a previously unexposed adult, meaning the loss or misuse of 3.5 grams of the substance due to an inventory error can potentially cause 1,750 deaths, federal research shows.”

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