The Biden administration took a heavy load of backlash over the past week upon reporting that it would use taxpayer funds to set up sites for safe drug use, as well as “kits” that reportedly contain various supplies, including clean syringes and “crack pipes” for drug addicts.
Thought the White House pushed back on the claim of taxpayer-funded crack pipes, according to Newsmax, that didn’t stop a bipartisan effort in the Senate from aiming to prevent using Americans’ hard-earned money to pay for such items.
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the PIPES Act this week, which stands for Preventing Illicit Paraphernalia for Exchange Systems.
As Newsmax noted, the bill’s primary aim is to prevent taxpayer funds from being used ”to purchase sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug” or ”to procure, supply or distribute pipes, cylindrical objects, or other paraphernalia that can be used to smoke, inhale, or ingest narcotics.”
“We need to do more”
As drug addiction and overdose deaths continue to skyrocket in America, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, most reasonable thinkers understand that the solution is treatment, and not the encouragement of increased drug use with government-provided drug paraphernalia.
Sen. Rubio said as much in a recent statement upon drafting the new bill.
”Everyone knows someone who has struggled with addiction, and unfortunately, many have lost a loved one from the disease,” Rubio’s statement read.
It added: “Addiction is crippling, not only for the individual, but also for the family and communities throughout our country. We need to do more but sending drug paraphernalia to addicts is not the answer.”
Notably, on Thursday, Rubio and a group of his Republican colleagues also drafted the CRACK Act, a bill with the same goals. That bill was co-sponsored by 16 Republicans.
The HUNTER Act
House Republicans also joined in the efforts to prevent such an asinine program from getting off the ground, as according to Fox News, Reps. Lauren Boebert (CO), and Dan Bishop (NC) introduced the hilariously named Halting the Use of Narcotics Through Effective Recovery, or HUNTER Act.
“Congressman Bishop and I are standing up and saying, heck no,” said Boebert. “Our tax dollars should not be funding the death and destruction of crack addicts. Democrats are always putting the American taxpayer last and Republicans just want to give people in need a good job. Democrats want to give them crack pipes.”
Only time will tell if the White House is able to fulfill its fantasy of encouraging “safer” hardcore drug use to appease the ultra-woke segment of its base, but it doesn’t appear as if Republicans in either chamber will ever let it happen, thank God.