Bank’s proposed legislation, H.R.1171, the “Stop CCP Fentanyl Act,” introduced Friday, would allow the United States “to slap Chinese President Xi Jinping and other high-level Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials with U.S. sanctions,” Fox News Digital reported Monday.
“China is the largest manufacturer of the precursor chemicals of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Those chemicals are sent to Mexico where cartels synthesize them into opioids,” according to the report.
“This is not just a public health crisis,” Banks told Fox News. “Fentanyl is the leading killer of adults fit for military service.”
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A 2022 report by the leftist Brookings Institute, “China and synthetic drugs control: Fentanyl, methamphetamines, and precursors,” states: “Synthetic opioids remain the source of the deadliest U.S. drug epidemic ever. Since 1999, drug overdoses have killed approximately 1 million Americans, an overdose lethality that has increased significantly since 2012 when synthetic opioids from China began supplying the U.S. demand for illicit opioids.”
“We must hold Communist China accountable for poisoning more than 100,000 Americans with Fentanyl,” Banks tweeted with a link to the Fox News story.
H.R.1171’s text is not yet published online, but it lists three Republican members of Congress as co-sponsors: Anna Paulina Luna and Neal Dunn of Florida, and Jennifer Kiggans of Virginia. The bill’s stated purpose is “to provide for the imposition of sanctions on the Government of the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.”
Banks, former chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, jumped into the 2024 Indiana Senate race after current Indiana Sen. Mike Braun announced he is stepping down to run for governor. There was speculation the primary race could get “messy” if Banks ended up running against the more “establishment” Republican, former Gov. Mitch Daniels, but Daniels opted not to get in the race. Former President Trump has endorsed Banks for Senate.
A Naval reservist who served two years in Afghanistan, Banks boasts of a 100% pro-life rating from the socially conservative Family Research Council, as well as plaudits from such conservative groups as FreedomWorks, the NRA and the National Federation of Independent Business. He was appointed to serve on the newly constituted House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Fox News reports regarding Banks’ CCP-fentanyl bill: “The president would also be able to waive the bill’s sanctions provided that China’s government has ‘taken all reasonable measures to prevent the flow of fentanyl produced within the People’s Republic of China into the United States’ as well as fentanyl precursors.
“Additionally, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) must determine that the flow of fentanyl precursors has been cut by 98 percent in the past 18 months, relative to the prescribed 18-month period,” according to the article.
In response to Banks’ bill, several people reacted along the lines of one commenter calling himself “apguero” who commented on the Fox article: “Need to expand the bill to include Mexico for not being tougher on the cartels.”
That assessment is supported by the Brookings report, which states:
China-Mexico law enforcement cooperation against the trafficking of fentanyl and precursor agents for meth and synthetic opioids remains minimal. China rejects co-responsibility and emphasizes that controls and enforcement are matters for Mexico’s own customs authorities and other Mexican law enforcement to address. China has maintained this posture even as the presence of Chinese criminal actors in Mexico, including in money laundering and illicit value transfers (which are increasingly featuring barter of wildlife products for synthetic drug precursors), is expanding rapidly.)
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