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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

SIOUX CITY | U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, took part in an Oval Office ceremony Wednesday where President Donald Trump signed a measure aimed at combating nationwide opioid abuse.

The White House invited Iowa's 4th District congressman to the formal signing of H.R. 2142, the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act, or INTERDICT Act.

King voted for the bipartisan bill, which he said is designed to combat opioid abuse by providing chemical screening devices to U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees. It will reportedly enhance the ability of customs workers to interdict fentanyl, synthetic opioids and other illegal narcotics.

“Everybody worked here well together on a bipartisan piece of legislation that will definitely save lives," King said at the ceremony.

"I wanted to complement you for having a bill signing ceremony here, with the press here to broadcast this out across the country, because the very fact that we are speaking to America, and you are using your voice to speak to America, saves lives starting from this moment."


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