‘Unusual crew’ including U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Dems’ Senate leader team on effort to halt foreign flow of opioids

Setting their partisan differences momentarily aside, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., promised Thursday that they’ll work together to fight the flow of synthetic opioids into the United States.

At a Capitol Hill news conference, they called for passage of the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which would punish Chinese drug manufacturers and others when they knowingly supply fentanyl to drug traffickers.

The legislation, which was filed Thursday, is the “first ever legislation to give broad and powerful sanction tools to the administration to target illicit fentanyl producers in China, Mexico and throughout the world,” Schumer said.