02.11.22

Daines Introduces Bill to Prevent Federal Funding of Crack Pipes

U.S. SENATE – This week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from purchasing, supplying or distributing crack pipes or similar drug paraphernalia.

“It is outrageous that as Montana communities are being devastated by drugs and crime fueled by the southern border crisis, the Biden administration would even think about using taxpayer money to fund and distribute crack pipes. We should be preventing drug use, not promoting it,” Daines said. 

Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared to confirm that part of a $30 million grant program would go toward "smoking kits/supplies,” which frequently includes crack pipes. The Biden administration then reversed course, prompting the outcry of activist groups that argue “pipe distribution is healthcare.” 

To read the bill text click HERE.

 

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Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler