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McCaskill’s Bipartisan Bill to Combat Drug and Weapons Trafficking Unanimously Passes Key Committee
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Today the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Senator Claire McCaskill serves as the top-ranking Democrat, unanimously approved McCaskill’s bipartisan bill that targets transnational criminal organizations on the borders to address drug and weapons trafficking.
“Too many illegally-smuggled opioids, drugs, and weapons make their way across our borders and into Missouri communities,” said McCaskill, a former prosecutor. “A coordinated effort among federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement is a key way to combat drug and weapons trafficking—and protect the safety of Missourians and all Americans.”
The Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) program, which the bill reauthorizes, consists of teams that coordinate federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement efforts targeting drug trafficking and other transnational criminal activity. This bill updates current law to reflect changes in the Department of Homeland Security and the nature of the threat risk since BEST units were first authorized. BEST team investigations have led to over 13,000 arrests and significant drug and weapon seizures.
The legislation is also supported by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Senator Jon Tester of Montana. Now that the bill has been approved by the Committee, it awaits approval of the full Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill in May.
McCaskill has been a longtime advocate for increasing border security and earlier this year toured the U.S.-Mexico border to learn more about what Customs and Border Protection needs to increase border security. Her efforts in 2010 led to the placement of 1,000 new border patrol agents, new unmanned aerial vehicles, improved communication equipment and more to monitor the border without adding to the deficit. In 2012, her bipartisan bill to combat illegal underground border tunnels—cosponsored by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona—passed unanimously in the Senate and was signed into law. And bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to address the country’s broken system in 2013 that McCaskill supported would have added 20,000 enforcement agents to the U.S.-Mexico border, while financing the construction of 700 miles of border fence and aerial drones to monitor the border.
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