Introduced by: Rep. Daniel Donovan and Rep. Thomas Rooney
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Take Action: Click here to tell Congress to oppose H.R. 1781!
H.R. 1781 is a misguided attempt to strengthen the federal government’s failed mandatory minimum policies as they relate to fentanyl.
If passed, this bill would:
- Lower the weight thresholds that trigger mandatory minimums. Under H.R. 1781, a defendant could receive a five-year mandatory minimum for as little as 0.5 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl and a 10-year mandatory minimum for as little as 5 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl.
- Creates a sentencing enhancement for drug violations involving fentanyl that can add as much as five years to a sentence.
- Authorizes the Attorney General to add new drug analogues and synthetic opioids to the federal criminal code, without Congress enacting a law and without judicial review.
Each of these three proposed measures would be counterproductive towards ending the opioid crisis and reducing the number of fentanyl-related deaths. Our current mandatory minimum policies failed to prevent this crisis, and doubling down will only make this situation worse. FAMM opposes H.R. 1781.
Bill Status: This bill has not become law. We do not know if and when this bill could become law. To become a law, this bill must be approved by the House Judiciary committee, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, passed by the U.S. Senate, and signed by the President. It takes a long time to pass a bill into law, and very few bills become laws each year.
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