Tester focuses on fentanyl, Ukraine in year-end defense bill

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester will spend the final weeks of the year on getting anti-fentanyl funding added to a major national defense bill.

Speaking to the Montana press Thursday, the senator said the goal is to get $20 million for fentanyl detection equipment authorized as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, a major military funding bill that passes through the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which Tester chairs.

“Fentanyl usage has spiked dramatically in Montana over the last five years and in addition to making sure that our state and local law enforcement agencies are fully equipped to fight this problem, it is critical that we do our best to stop fentanyl trafficking at the source,” Tester said. “Once passed, this bill will provide $20 million to develop new technology to target and detect illicit fentanyl being trafficked into the United States. It will enhance targeting of counterfeit pills and illicit pill presses through non-intrusive and other visual screening technologies.”

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