MIL-OSI USA: Horsford Urges Bipartisan Action on Border Security and Fentanyl Crisis

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressmen Steven Horsford (NV-04)

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) called for comprehensive border security reform and measures to combat the fentanyl crisis at the Democrats for Border Security Task Force press conference. He emphasized the need for cross-party collaboration and moving beyond partisan rhetoric to address these national challenges. 

“I and my colleagues in the Democrats for Border Security Task Force are fully committed to working with House Republicans to enact long-overdue border reforms,” said Congressman Horsford. “The rising tide of dangerous drugs like fentanyl in our communities underscores how necessary it is to act, not just talk. We have practical, bipartisan solutions ready and available; it’s time to put these into action for the safety and well-being of our constituents.” 

The border crisis is a complex issue that necessitates bipartisan solutions. The stagnation in legislative progress is caused by political deadlock from House Republican leadership, who refuse to hold a vote on border security legislation at the request of former President Trump. Congressman Horsford highlighted the notable increase in overdose deaths in Clark County, largely attributed to fentanyl, and emphasized the urgent need for comprehensive strategies to combat this crisis. 

The Stop Fentanyl Overdoses Act, the Interdiction of Fentanyl in Postal Mail at Federal Prisons Act, the Comprehensive Response to Fentanyl Related Substance Act, and the Stop Fentanyl Now Act would all be crucial steps forward in addressing the opioid crisis. The need for action is clear, and its success hinges on Republicans collaborating instead of maintaining partisan rhetoric. 

Watch Congressman Horsford’s remarks here. 

Photos and video available for media use here. 

Transcript of Congressman Horsford’s remarks: 

“I really want to commend all of my colleagues for their leadership on a very important and complex issue that actually requires thoughtful deliberation. This is an issue that is not going to be solved through talking points, but through working together. And I just want to be clear, Democrats have been and continue to be ready to work with our Republican colleagues to pass much-needed and overdue border reform. 

“And when Senator Lankford and other conservative leaders worked with Senate Democrats for a package, it was the House Republicans led by Speaker Johnson. They demanded it. They demanded that it be part of the foreign aid bill. And then they wouldn’t allow that plan to come forward in the House. So it’s clear that we do need to take action. The question is, are they ready to take action with us? 

“Our communities are flooded with dangerous drugs like fentanyl, which has had an impact on people of all ages and all backgrounds. From 2020 to 2023, overdose deaths in Clark County, which encompasses parts of the district in Nevada that I represent, along with Congresswoman Susie Lee, increased 97%. These synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, are more dangerous than drugs like heroin, morphine, and they’ve grown the rates of overdose deaths nearly 22 times from 2013 to 2021. 

“That’s why I’m proud to have been working with my colleagues on several bills, the Stop Fentanyl Overdoses Act, the Interdiction of Fentanyl in Postal Mail at Federal Prisons Act, the Comprehensive Response to Fentanyl Related Substance Act, and the Stop Fentanyl Now Act. These are commonsense bills, solutions that we’re ready to act on, that we’re ready to lead on, that we’re willing to work with our colleagues on. But the question is, are they willing to work with us? 

“So I’m proud to join with this group of dedicated members on the formation of Democrats for Border Security. I’ve been to the border. I understand the issue. And we need to invest in the technology and in border security and funding and resources that are smart solutions to securing and strengthening our border. It can be done, but we need Republicans to stop talking about the problem and acting to deliver. And with that, I’ll turn it over to my colleague, Congressman Colin Allred from Texas.”