Maloney Passes Third Bill Through House in Three Weeks
WASHINGTON — Only weeks after passing two pieces of legislation through the House to help veterans safely transition out of military service and to shore up America’s aging dams, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his legislation to require the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to compile and issue an annual report on online drug sales has passed the House of Representatives as part of the Stop Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017. Rep. Maloney introduced the legislation in February after a half-dozen people in Orange County died of overdoses.
Click the link above to see Rep. Maloney deliver remarks in support of his amendment on the House Floor
“The fact that we don’t even know the extent of this problem is just crazy to me – this bill will make that right and put another tool in our toolbox to fight this epidemic,” said Rep. Maloney. “People like Stephanie Keegan are the reason I do this – her son got caught up in the world of online drug sales – and it cost him his life. It has to stop.”
“Congressman Maloney has been a great partner to the City of Middletown Police Department, working with us on a number of issues related to our fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Middletown Police Chief John Ewanciw. “This legislation is just one more tool for us to utilize as we work at preventing individuals from getting access to deadly narcotics. My agency will continue to put forth the necessary efforts required to identify local suppliers and take them off the streets. This legislation will prevent people from turning to the Internet for their “virtual dealers.” I commend Congressman Maloney for his work on this issue, and look forward to partnering with him on future efforts.”
“I lost my son to complications of opioid addiction because he was able to easily get the drugs he wanted online. Congressman Maloney has written this wonderful bill which I am absolutely certain will save lives and I am very grateful to him,” said Stephanie Keegan of Somers. “The Stop Online Opioid Sales Act is a fantastic piece of legislation which addresses the ease with which people can purchase opioids from the comfort of their home.”
Federal agencies have not released information on the prevalence of opioid sales online, but in late January, a bipartisan coalition of Senators released a 100-page report indicating that online fentanyl sales from China alone totaled over $800 million. Although this problem is expected to be growing, lawmakers lack the detailed reporting necessary to inform a comprehensive action plan. One of the largest barriers to combating international online sales is U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s reliance on foreign partners to provide advanced information on shipping data. Many nations are unable to provide this information, and Customs is required to manually inspect suspect packages at only nine facilities throughout the country as a result.
The Stop Online Opioid Sales Act would require the DEA to compile a comprehensive report on the sale of drugs online within a year and to continue to issue annual reports containing this information. Reports must include the types and amounts of controlled substance analogues sold online, the name of each entity or person selling them, and an estimate of the revenue being generated through these illegal channels. Understanding the extent of the problem of online drug sales is necessary to inform the direction of federal resources and law enforcement techniques for combating it.
Rep. Maloney is a leader in the fight on the heroin and opioid epidemic. He is also the sponsor of the Lifesaving Librarians Act and the Keeping Communities Safe Through Treatment Act. His legislation, the Opioid Review Modernization Act, passed into law as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
This is the third bill Rep. Maloney has passed through the House in the past three weeks. On May 24th, Rep. Maloney’s bipartisan Know Your Vets Act passed through the House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The provision, introduced alongside Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a former Marine Corps Captain, will help bridge the gap between services provided for active duty servicemembers at the Department of Defense (DoD) and those provided to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). On June 7, Rep. Maloney’s Dam Safety Reauthorization Act passed through the House. The legislation will prevent a lapse in funding for the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP), which provides support to states like New York in developing Emergency Action Plans (EAPs), public awareness campaigns, the implementation of existing dam safety programs, the purchase of equipment, and dam safety inspections. The Hudson Valley is home to nearly 100 “high-hazard” dams.