Marino pulls name from consideration for drug post

Marino pulls name from consideration for drug post

"If I think it's 1 percent negative to doing what we want to do, I will make a change", Trump said.

But Marino came under fire following an expose by The Washington Post and CBS' "60 Minutes" that revealed Marino's role in pushing through the drug industry-backed Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act.

The Post reported Sunday that the drug industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, including Marino, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.

Among Democrats, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a conservative representing a state ravaged by opioid addiction, called on Trump to withdraw Marino's nomination.

That simple reality isn't lost on even President Trump, who's dropping the appointment of Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, as White House drug czar.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said in a statement Marino will "need to address the accusations" during his confirmation hearings.

In the past, the DEA has fined drug distributors when they fail to shut down suspicious sales of millions of pills, but the new law, spearheaded by Marino, makes it almost impossible for the agency to freeze suspicious shipments, according to the report. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, introduced legislation Monday to repeal the 2016 law.

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Marino had not yet commented on the investigation published by the two news organizations, but Sen. But in the midst of an opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands across the country - an epidemic that would be a central focus of Marino's as drug czar - the representative pushed a law that made suspicious opioid distribution harder for the DEA to curb.

But Hatch, R-Utah, said he negotiated extensively with top DEA officials over the text of the bill before it was passed, and that the agency "could have stopped this bill at any time if they had wanted to but instead chose to allow it to proceed".

"The first and most urgent recommendation of this commission is direct and completely within your control", the commissioners, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, wrote.

Trump has said he will declare the opioid crisis a national emergency next week and will increase federal funds to combat the epidemic.

A version of the bill became law in 2016.

"He felt compelled. He feels very strong about the opioid problem and the drug problem, which is a worldwide problem".

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