By: FOX56

U.S. officials held a press conference in Wilkes-Barre Friday introducing the public to an act that fights fentanyl imports. 

U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, Doug Jones, along with U.S. Reps James Sensenbrenner and Gerry Connolly introduced the bipartisan "Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act".

Under the act, a nation exporting illicit fentanyl would be ineligible for U.S. taxpayer-subsidized foreign aid or Export-Import Bank loans if it fails to cooperate with U.S. narcotics control efforts.

"Illicit fentanyl from outside our borders has already prematurely ended far too many American lives," said Senator Toomey, "The bipartisan legislation is a commonsense update to existing law that will hold the nations producing illicit fentanyl accountable, whether it be China or wherever the threat emerges next."

During the State of the Union address, the president highlighted the devastation caused by the illegal import of fentanyl.