WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released the following statement on the passage of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan national security package. The FEND Off Fentanyl Act, which Klobuchar cosponsors, was passed as part of this package. It declares the international trafficking of fentanyl as a national emergency and targets the criminal organizations that traffic fentanyl into the U.S. 

“This bipartisan package we passed in the Senate is an important step to protecting our national security and keeping fentanyl out of our communities. It provides support for the ongoing battle for democracy in Ukraine and makes it clear to Vladimir Putin that the United States will not cower in the face of tyranny. It also includes legislation I cosponsor to declare international fentanyl trafficking a national emergency and allows the U.S. to impose tough sanctions on suppliers and cartels in China, Mexico, and other fentanyl hubs. The House should move quickly to pass this legislation into law and we must work together to get something done on border security.”