Following the bombshell Washington Post and 60 Minutes report on Rep. Tom Marino’s work in Congress to help the big drug companies flood communities with pain pills, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin immediately called on the White House to pull Marino’s name from consideration to be the next Drug Czar.

Less than twenty-four hours later, President Trump listened to Manchin, and Marino’s nomination was scrapped. Now, Senator Manchin is working to repeal the “Marino Law” and give the DEA the oversight ability to stop drug distributors from flooding West Virginia with pills.

This is a big win for the people of West Virginia and an example of Senator Manchin’s bipartisan leadership. Below is a brief media recap.

THE HILL: Manchin: Marino will be drug czar ‘over my dead body’

“He is not going to be — I’m not — over my dead body will he be the drug czar. That is not — a person from West Virginia can look at this man at being the drug czar, a person that basically weakened it and allowed hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people to get killed,” Manchin told CNN’s “New Day.”

 

EXPONENT-TELEGRAM: Editorial: Drug czar needs to work for the people, not drug companies

The combined pressure of the investigative report, plus lawmakers’ reaction to it, helped to force Marino to step aside from the nomination.

 

CBS NEWS: Senator introduces repeal of 2016 law after “60 Minutes”/Washington Post opioid epidemic report

Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday introduced legislation that would repeal a 2016 law in response to a joint investigation by “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post that said Congress helped disarm the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

 

POLITICO: Marino out as Trump’s drug czar nominee

Sen. Joe Manchin, whose home state of West Virginia has the highest number of drug overdose deaths in the country, had vowed to block Marino’s nomination from moving forward. “Over my dead body will he be the drug czar,” Manchin said on CNN’s “New Day” on early Tuesday morning.

 

WASHINGTON POST: Trump says drug czar nominee Tom Marino is withdrawing after Washington Post/‘60 Minutes’ investigation

Manchin was among the first to call for Marino’s nomination to be withdrawn.

 

AP: Manchin to Trump: Withdraw nominee for drug czar

In a letter to Trump, Manchin called the opioid crisis “the biggest public health crisis since HIV/AIDS,” and said, “we need someone leading the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who believes we must protect our people, not the pharmaceutical industry.”

 

WV MetroNews: Manchin asks White House to pull drug czar nomination

Manchin said Marino’s appointment to the position, which is casually called the Drug Czar, is concerning given West Virginia’s rising opioid addiction and fatal overdoses; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports West Virginia as having the highest drug overdose death rate in 2015 with more than 41 people per 100,000.

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