Congresswoman Kat Cammack, Senator Marsha Blackburn introduce bill to stop taxpayer funding of human and drug traffickers awaiting prosecution and conviction

Press release from Congresswoman Kat Cammack

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL-03) and U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced legislation to ensure human and drug traffickers cannot continue to defraud the American taxpayer while they await prosecution and conviction. The bill, “Stop Taxpayer Funding of Traffickers Act,” comes after several visits to the border over the last two years by Congresswoman Cammack, Senator Blackburn, and their colleagues.

While Congresswoman Cammack led the House version of the bill, Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Katie Britt (R-AL) co-sponsored the Senate legislation.

“Over the last two years, we’ve seen the horrific consequences of the Biden Border Crisis, including the devastating toll on our communities nationwide from drug and human trafficking. In Marion County, Florida, our sheriff’s department has recovered bricks of fentanyl with stamps from border cartels, alongside pill presses and sophisticated distribution plans. Our first responders gear up each day to save lives from fentanyl overdoses occurring almost daily, putting their own lives at risk,” said Representative Cammack. “Those responsible for trafficking drugs and people into our country at our borders and in our waters should not receive federal assistance after violating our laws—not only is it wrong, but it rewards those who have perpetuated this deadly crisis. I’m pleased to join Senator Blackburn on this effort and look forward to growing this legislation’s support with my colleagues.”

“For two years, President Biden’s open border policies have emboldened the cartels and caused human trafficking to grow to a $13 billion industry, with criminal cartels earning up to $14 million each day. Last year alone, law enforcement seized over 14,000 pounds of fentanyl at the border, enough to kill over 3.3 billion people. We cannot continue to incentivize this blatant criminal activity. This legislation ensures that hardworking American taxpayers – already crushed by inflation – are not forced to fund the lifestyles of offenders who are making our country more dangerous,” said Senator Blackburn. 

“As a border Sheriff, I have witnessed the senseless tragedies on our southern border at the evil control of ruthless and violent criminal transnational organizations, i.e. cartels. These cartels exploit their criminal enterprise based on fear, violence, and greed. I support and commend [the] efforts to pass legislation for those directly responsible in these types of criminal acts that violate Public Safety – National Security and Humanitarian offenses,” said Sheriff Mark Dannels, Cochise County, Arizona and NSA Border Security Chair.

Even after offenders are charged with federal drug and human trafficking offenses, many of them continue to live in government housing and receive other government benefits while they persist in exploiting and trafficking women and children or smuggling drugs across the border.

The Stop Taxpayer Funding of Traffickers Act: 

  • Prohibits anyone charged with drug or human trafficking at our international borders or in our territorial waters from receiving federal government benefits.
  • Defines “drug trafficking offense” as any federal offense that includes as an element the distribution of a controlled substance.
  • Defines “human trafficking offense” as a range of offenses, including smuggling, transporting, and harboring individuals.
  • Defines “federal benefit” to include the issuance of any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States, as well as any retirement, welfare, Social Security, health, disability, veterans, or public housing benefit.
  • If the charges are dismissed or the individual is acquitted, provides for back payment of benefits to any individual deprived of benefits under this section.

This evening, Congresswoman Cammack joins her colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in McAllen, Texas for a joint field hearing titled “President Biden’s Border Crisis is a Public Health Crisis” with the Health and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittees. Watch the hearing here at 7pm ET/6pm CT.  View the Senate version of the legislation here.

  • This is called “guilty before being proved guilty in a court of law.” Sooo unconstitutional in the USA but made for the DeSantis/Trump Fascist State of Rethuglicanism.
    Meanwhile the above posters should refrain from comments on the weight of OUR Congresscritter Phat Camack.

  • Brandon made a vow to uphold the constitution and every day he allows thousands of illegals to break our laws and come into our country while taxpayers have to pay for it. He should be impeached at the least. Worst President ever.

  • What they can do is stop Washington from sending BILLIONS of dollars overseas to countries who despise us.
    Make it count if you want positive legislation.

  • Mmm I guess these same type folks didn’t come across during the Trump Administration? Where was the outrage so damn hypocritical.

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