Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
The reelection bid of freshman Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is being challenged by the Seneca Nation, which may spend $250,000 to oppose her because Gillibrand backs the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act — a measure that would ban the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes.
The Buffalo News reported Jan. 25 that the tribe, a major seller and shipper of tax-free cigarettes — is considering spending the money on a “voter education” campaign targeting Gillibrand for her stance on the PACT Act. The Seneca tribe uses the U.S. mail to ship about two-thirds of the cigarettes it sells.
Tribal officials said Gillibrand had made no effort to listen to its concerns about the bill.
“Sen. Gillibrand's No. 1 priority is economic development and the Seneca Nation is a partner to our efforts to create jobs and grow our economy,” a Gillibrand spokesperson said. “However, Sen. Gillibrand remains committed to preventing the illegal trafficking of cigarettes to children.”