Republican Senator Calls for Tougher Action on Drugs

America must do more to stem the flow of drugs across the southern border and hold China accountable for its role in our drug crisis, Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) told a gathering of drug enforcement officers Monday morning.

Cotton appeared before the National Narcotics Officers Association Coalition—an organization that claims to represent 55,000 narcotics enforcement officers across 40 states and Puerto Rico—to receive its “Member of the Senate” Award. Cotton has been a prominent supporter of law enforcement and a critic of sentencing reform efforts, leading efforts in the Senate to defeat or reform the FIRST STEP Act earlier this year.

Although he was there to receive an award, Cotton took the time to laud the law enforcement officers assembled, thanking them for the “dangerous, necessary work that you do.”

“You are the American people’s most loyal and underappreciated defenders. You are criminals’ toughest foes. And too often, you are drug abusers’ only hope for survival,” Cotton said.

Read more at the Washington Free Beacon.