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In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will nominate a Pennsylvania congressman to serve as the nation’s drug czar.

The Trump administration announced Friday that the president has tapped Rep. Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.

The 64-year-old Republican congressman lives outside Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania’s Middle District under President George W. Bush.

Marino was an early supporter of the president and the first Pennsylvania congressman to endorse Trump in the presidential primary contest. He had previously withdrawn his name from consideration in May, citing a family illness.

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  1. Angel Perea says:

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH BUT KEEPING IT THOUGHTFULLY HONEST: The legalizing of murdering of Americans by drugging was completed by pay-off deals between greedy Pharmaceuticals and the republican political prostitutes being paid-off! “Rep. Tom Rep. Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican who is now being rewarded as nominee by Donald to become the nation’s next drug czar. Marino spent years working to move his law through Congress. Maybe after the republicans approve his nomination and he retires, he can start-up a legalized drug cartel in the USA? “It passed after Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) negotiated a final version with the DEA.” So the bottom line of this corrupt story is that for years greedy drug distributors were guilty of repeatedly ignoring warnings from the DEA to shut down suspicious sales of hundreds of millions of pills, while they racked up billions of dollars in sales.” So these republicans got pay-off by changing the law that protected us by making “it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies!” So under the leadership control of Paul Ryan in House and Mitch McConnell in Senate, “The drug industry, the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain drugstores”, legalized opioid drugs in exchange for paid-off “Congress that has never been seen before,” said Joseph T. Rannazzisi, who ran the DEA’s division responsible for regulating the drug industry and led a decade-long campaign of aggressive enforcement until he was forced out of the agency in 2015. “I mean, to get Congress to pass a bill to protect their interests in the height of an opioid epidemic just shows me how much influence they have,” and shows how corrupt things have gotten over years of republican control in both Senate and House! So keep voting for instead of “forcing out” these self-enriching Basters?
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/investigations/dea-drug-industry-congress/?utm_term=.10c02bf058a1

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