This week, I met with representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in both Pennsylvania and Washington.
We discussed the ongoing opioid epidemic and how local communities have been devastated by its effects. They voiced concern about the availability of fentanyl in their local communities and spoke about the dangers facing officers who are exposed to the deadly substance.
Plain and simple, we must do more to prevent fentanyl from coming into the country illegally. Congress should pass my bipartisan Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act to hold nations producing illicit fentanyl accountable.
I also updated them on my efforts to ensure that money deposited into the Crime Victims Fund will go to crime victims and not to other discretionary spending. They mentioned how valuable resources offered by victim service centers -- which are supported by the Crime Victims Fund -- have been to the community and victims.
I'm always grateful to hear from representatives of Pennsylvania's law enforcement community and I thank the FOP officials for taking the time to meet with me.