The Biden administration has faced widespread backlash in recent days over reports that the federal government would help crack-cocaine addicts procure clean pipes to smoke the illicit drug.
Although the White House has pushed back against the characterization, that has not stopped some Republican lawmakers from taking action.
One of the most notable efforts came from two Republican legislators who took a thinly veiled jab at Joe Biden’s son by naming their proposed bill the HUNTER Act.
Hunter Biden has a long and sordid history of drug use, which he chronicled in a recent tell-all memoir.
The lawmakers behind the draft legislation explained their motivation in an interview this week.
As Fox News explained:
Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Dan Bishop of North Carolina said in an exclusive joint interview with Fox News Digital that the Biden administration got caught “red-handed” trying to fund crack pipes as part of a $30 million grant program and that legislation is needed to stop the “ridiculous” proposal. The White House has denied the grant would fund crack pipes.
“Congressman Bishop and I are standing up and saying, heck no,” Boebert said. “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.”
They’ve introduced the Halting the Use of Narcotics Through Effective Recovery Act this week, dubbing the bill the HUNTER Act, in reference to President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who has openly struggled with drug addiction.
“I like the HUNTER Act,” Boebert said in an interview, “because it was a better acronym than Stop Paying to Subsidize Biden’s Son’s Drug Addiction act. That didn’t really flow. I think tax dollars have been on the hook for Hunter’s addictions long enough.”
Both members of Congress also took to Twitter to offer their thoughts on the proposal.
I never in my life thought I would have to say this, but the proper role of government is not to fund the distribution of crack pipes.
Did Hunter come up with this bullcrap?
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 8, 2022
After getting caught, Biden now claims that American taxpayers won't be funding crack pipes after all.
— Rep. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) February 11, 2022
Although multiple reports asserted that the Biden administration would be using taxpayer dollars to purchase crack pipes, the White House attempted to downplay the growing criticism.
According to The Hill:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out a statement clarifying “no federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement of grantees to put pipes in safe smoking kits.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki later told reporters at a briefing that reports that crack pipes would be included in the safe smoking kits being distributed as part of the program were inaccurate.
“Even though this has never been a part of what’s been funded, we felt it was important to put out a public statement from the federal government to make that clear because we saw the spreading of misinformation and the fact that it was having an impact on a range of communities,” Psaki said. “And we felt, even though it was never true, that we needed to put out a proactive statement.”
Nevertheless, many other Republicans expressed their outrage over such a concept.
Will you have to show your vaccine passport to get your crack pipe? https://t.co/Qsh0yPBznj
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 9, 2022
End government-funded crack pipes.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) February 9, 2022
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a video statement including his argument against the controversial Biden administration plan.
Biden is sending free meth & crack pipes to minority communities in the name of ‘racial equity’
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 8, 2022
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