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Scalise: People Will Die if Pelosi Won’t Renew Unanimously-Passed Fentanyl Ban Just to Spite Trump

By Craig Bannister | January 29, 2020 | 11:14am EST
Rep. Steve Scalise
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It’s bad enough Democrats tried to impeach President Donald Trump for criticizing NFL players, but now they’re ready to sacrifice American lives simply to deny him an achievement, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) warned Tuesday in a Fox News Channel interview.

A ban on the lethal drug fentanyl expires next week and – even though the Senate voted unanimously voted to extend it – House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won’t take up the bill – just to prevent Pres. Trump from an accomplishment, Scalise explained to Host Laura Ingraham:

Ingraham: Congressman Scalise, this has gotten way out of hand. Today they (Democrats) were so dejected that they had to reference a former chief of staff who wasn't even here when this Ukraine thing was happening, John Kelly, saying now they want John Kelly to testify. To what, his feeling about Bolton? 

Scalise: “Laura, they’re like in this impeachment funk right now, because they realize how devastating it is for them. Keep in mind, though: they are the party of impeachment. Democrats own this thing now. The country has tuned it out. The country is saying, ‘Why aren't you focusing on things that are important to me?’

“When President Trump was elected, over a hundred Democrats voted to impeach him - because he criticized NFL players who kneeled for the Pledge of Allegiance That was a record vote on the House floor to impeach a president for that. That's how bad they are in this. 

“But, imagine, too, this contradiction on where they are. 

“Next week, Laura, next Wednesday, a whole class of fentanyl drugs that are killing Americans, fentanyl drugs that are currently illegal – President Trump is putting people in jail today, those drug dealers -- that fentanyl becomes legal next week because the legal ban on that expires. 

“There was a bill that passed the Senate unanimously to keep those drugs illegal, so those drug dealers who are killing families in every community in this country, President Trump is putting the drug dealers in jail today. Next week, he can't put those drug dealers in jail because Pelosi won't bring that bill – that passed unanimously in the Senate.”

Ingraham: “Is that part of the strategy, though, to lock this town up so Trump cannot chalk up any more achievements? That might be the method to their evil madness.”

Scalise: “That damage is on their hands. Every single person who dies from those illegal drugs, when you can't put that drug dealer in jail next week that you could put in jail today, it's all on Nancy Pelosi's hands. 

“She won't bring bills like that. We have a bill to lower drug prices: every Democrat supports it, President Trump would sign it - they’re not bringing that to the floor.”

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