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H.R. 2851 (115th): SITSA Act

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About the bill

More than 20,000 Americans died from synthetic drug overdoses in 2016. That represents 31 percent of all drug overdose deaths, a surging percentage in recent years — more than double the number from 2015.

A bill called the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act aims to combat on the growing epidemic of synthetic drug deaths. But would it give Jeff Sessions too much power?

Context

There are more than 400 known types of synthetic — or “artificial” — drugs, which mimic the effects of substances including cocaine and ecstasy. They’ve largely begun to flood the market in recent years, this decade in particular.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), quite simply, cannot keep up. The bureaucratic process they follow when determining whether a drug should be put on ...

Sponsor and status

John Katko

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 24th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 18, 2018
Length: 30 pages
Introduced
Jun 8, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 15, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

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What legislators are saying

U.S. Rep. John Katko Ushers Landmark Legislation Through Congress to Address Synthetic Drug & Heroin Crisis Plaguing CNY
    — Rep. John Katko [R-NY24] (Sponsor) on Jun 15, 2018

McCaul Touts Comprehensive Package to Combat Opioid Crisis
    — Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX10] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 22, 2018

Ranking Member Nadler Statement in Opposition to H.R. 2851, the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10] on Jun 15, 2018

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History

Jun 8, 2017
 
Introduced

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Jun 27, 2017
 
Considered by Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security

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Jul 12, 2017
 
Ordered Reported

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Feb 28, 2018
 
Considered by Health

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Jun 8, 2018
 
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Jun 15, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 2851 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2851. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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