McCormick Opposed Bipartisan Bill to Secure the Border and Combat Illegal Fentanyl Trafficking

PENNSYLVANIA — David McCormick stands against the bipartisan border deal despite the bill being backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and border patrol agents. This week, McCormick publicly opposed the bill — which would have been “one of the toughest border and immigration laws in modern history” — and included provisions to secure the border and address the fentanyl crisis. The bill included the bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act, co-sponsored by Senator Bob Casey, which would crack down on fentanyl trafficking that is devastating Pennsylvania communities. 

Senator Casey advocated for the bipartisan bill, particularly the inclusion of funding to prevent fentanyl trafficking over the Mexican border. 

Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson TaNisha Cameron issued the following statement:

“David McCormick pretends to care about border security, but given the opportunity to support a historic bipartisan bill to secure the border and stop fentanyl from coming into the country, he refused. Instead of standing up for Pennsylvanians, McCormick is putting partisanship ahead of America’s safety and security.”

What they’re saying about the bipartisan border deal:

  • NBC News: The bipartisan border package would “impose tougher immigration and asylum laws.”
  • Fox News: The bipartisan border package would “overhaul” the immigration system “with tougher and quicker enforcement measures.” 
  • CNN: The bipartisan border package “would implement strict limits along the US southern border that have not been previously enshrined into law.” 
  • Wall Street Journal: “The [bipartisan border] package also include[d] the bipartisan Fend Off Fentanyl Act that targets the illicit fentanyl supply chain.”
  • Politico: “The Drug Enforcement Administration would receive more than $23 million to disrupt and disband Mexican cartels trafficking fentanyl across the southern border.”
  • ABC News: The bipartisan border package included “The FEND Off Fentanyl Act to impose sanctions on groups and nations that participate in the distribution of the ultra-deadly opioid.” 
  • Associated Press: “[The bipartisan border package] would also authorize sanctions and anti-money laundering tools against criminal enterprises that traffic fentanyl into the U.S.”
  • NBC News: The bipartisan border deal included bipartisan legislation to “target, sanction and block the financial assets of people involved in the fentanyl supply chain, from chemical suppliers in China to drug traffickers from Mexico.”