“It’s more work for the Postal Service, but it’s necessary to save lives,” Portman said, adding he would support directing funds to the Postal Service to “make sure they have the resources to be able to get the information” his bill would require the agency obtain.
“We’re not asking them to do as much in terms of the law enforcement part as in terms of collecting information,” Portman said.
An independent agency, the Postal Service does not use taxpayer money for its operations. Under federal law, it can’t raise prices more than the rate of inflation without approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission.
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Closing the loophole is supported by the group Americans for Securing All Packages, an organization funded in part by major players in the pharmaceutical and music industries — fields which suffer from counterfeits. The political action committees of at least five ASAP corporate members donated nearly $20,000 to Portman’s re-election campaign over the past two years, according to federal election records.
Portman met with Plummer for about 45-minutes behind closed doors Monday to discuss the drug epidemic. The sheriff, who is a Republican, said he support’s Portman’s legislation.
“It’s a cat and mouse game, we discover one way they’re doing business, they change it up, so this legislation will be a major tool in our tool box,” the sheriff said.
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The Associated Press and Staff Writer Chris Stewart contributed reporting.