January 22, 2019

Feinstein, Cornyn Appointed Chairs of Senate Narcotics Control Caucus

Washington - Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) were appointed to serve as co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Both senators serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and have a record of combatting drug addiction and drug trafficking.

“I’d like to thank Senator Grassley for his tenure as co-chair of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control and I look forward to working with Senator Cornyn. I’m also pleased to welcome our returning members and Senator Rosen as our newest member,” said Feinstein. “The drug addiction and overdose epidemic is affecting Americans on an unprecedented scale. Drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations indiscriminately target our citizens across the entire country and our response must reflect that reality. Domestic and international drug control policy has presented a rare opportunity for bipartisan cooperation, and I hope that spirit will continue.”

“Our country faces an epidemic fueled by cartels and transnational criminal organizations who traffick in drugs and human misery throughout the Americas,” said Cornyn. “Solving our nation’s drug epidemic will require international collaboration, and the Caucus will be on the frontlines of examining solutions to this crisis. I know Senator Feinstein will be a committed partner in pursuit of our mission, and I look forward to hitting the ground running.”

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and David Perdue (R-Ga.) have been appointed to serve on the Caucus.

Background:

The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control was created to promote and expand international cooperation against narcotics trafficking and drug abuse. The Caucus also monitors the federal government and private programs that focus on international counter-narcotics efforts.   Additionally, the Caucus oversees and promotes international compliance with narcotics control treaties.

Since its inception in 1985, the Caucus exercises oversight on a wide range of issues, including international counternarcotics assistance and domestic drug prevention and treatment programs.

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