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TRUMP SIGNS MARKEY BILL TO STEM FLOW OF FENTANYL

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 11, 2017....Sen. Ed Markey and President Donald Trump, who stand firmly on opposite sides of the partisan aisle and the opposite side of most issues on the White House agenda, were side-by-side in the Oval Office Wednesday.

Flanked by Democrat and Republican lawmakers, Trump signed into law a Markey bill that would give border patrol agents extra technology, including chemical screening devices, to help them identify and seize illicit fentanyl before it enters the country.

Calling fentanyl "our new big scourge," Trump described the law -- dubbed the INTERDICT Act, for International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology -- as "an important step to halt the flood of deadly drugs that are pouring into our country like never before."


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