(TheRedWire.com) – Democratic-led cities, local governments have begun distributing crack pipes to drug addicts in some Democratic-led cities. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu received criticism when instituting a program to provide the devices to citizens. Democrat City Councilor Michael Flaherty said people needed treatment, recovery, and mental health services over enabling illegal narcotic use. Even the Department of Justice (DOJ) has considered how the federal government could legalize injection sites so addicts could use drugs under supervision. Now, the Senate has rejected funding crack pipes in the new omnibus spending package.
On Thursday, December 22, the Senate voted 68 to 29 to pass the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill. The legislation bans federal, state, or local governments from using federal funds to purchase crack or meth pipes. Lawmakers added the provision as part of the massive spending proposal under a section dealing with disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.
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In February, the White House claimed the grant program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, wouldn’t include the controversial devices in its “smoking kits.” The Biden administration characterized reports the kits included the pipes as “misinformation.”
Still, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said common sense dictated that giving these items to drug addicts wasn’t the answer to the problem. He added that most people believe tax dollars shouldn’t cover the cost of crack pipes.
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