Portman Secures Commitment from DHS Secretary Nominee to Stop Influx of Deadly Drugs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) secured commitments from Alejandro Mayorkas, nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to address cybersecurity threats from foreign actors; stop the influx of deadly synthetic drugs at the southern border and through the U.S. Postal Service; ensure that faith-based organizations and nonprofits are secured against threats through FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program; strengthen the E-Verify program in an effort to make it more effective; and combat human trafficking.

Mayorkas committed to fully implementing Portman’s bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act which became law in 2018 and is working to help reduce the supply of fentanyl shipped into the United States through the U.S. Postal Service. On December 10, Portman pressed the federal agencies in charge of implementing the STOP Act on why they had not fully complied with the requirements as established in the law.

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