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H.R. 1210: Stop Fentanyl Border Crossings Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 27, 2023 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1210


February 27, 2023

(for himself, Ms. Malliotakis, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Banks, Mr. Bishop of North Carolina, Ms. Mace, Mr. Crenshaw, Ms. Van Duyne, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Fry, Mr. Mann, Mr. Rutherford, Mr. Cline, and Mr. Donalds) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the authority to suspend the right to introduce certain persons or property into the United States in the interest of the public health.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Fentanyl Border Crossings Act.


Protection of public health

Section 362 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 265) is amended—


by striking Whenever the and inserting the following:


In general

Whenever the

; and


by adding at the end the following:


Suspensions relating to illicit drugs

Whenever the Secretary determines that by reason of the existence of substantial illicit drug smuggling from a foreign country there is serious danger of the introduction of such drugs into the United States, and that this danger is so increased by the introduction of persons or property from such country that a suspension of the right to introduce such persons and property is required in the interest of the public health, the Secretary, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Secretary, shall have the power to prohibit, in whole or in part, the introduction of persons and property from such countries or places as he shall designate in order to avert such danger, and for such period of time as he may deem necessary for such purpose.