Sen. McCaskill issues statement on withdrawal of Rep. Tom Marino as Drug Czar

 Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D) Missouri
Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D) Missouri (KY3)
Published: Oct. 17, 2017 at 9:50 AM CDT
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Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill applauded the decision of Rep. Tom Marino withdrawing from consideration to be the Trump Administration's drug czar.

The Washington Post and a CBS '60 Minutes Report' says the Pennsylvania congressman played a key role in passing a bill weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.

“I think this is the right decision, and I look forward to the Administration nominating a leader that can aggressively bring to bear every tool the government has to confront what is unquestionably a national public health crisis,” said Senator McCaskill.

McCaskill introduced legislation Monday to repeal the 2016 law. The senior senator from Missouri launched a comprehensive Congressional investigation into the opioid crisis to date earlier this year, requesting documents from opioid manufacturers and distributors.