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Hyde-Smith seeks to stop Biden from distributing crack pipes using taxpayer dollars

By: Sarah Ulmer - February 17, 2022

Sen. Hyde-Smith cosponsors ‘Crack Act’ to stop Biden from sending drug kit’s out funded by tax-payers. 

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced she is cosponsoring legislation to ensure the federal government will not engage in the distribution of crack pipes or any other similar drug paraphernalia to the public.

The Cutting Rampant Access to Crack Kits (CRACK) Act (S.3632) would amend Section 2706 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2) to prohibit any funds from directly or indirectly purchasing, supplying, or distributing crack pipes or similar drug paraphernalia.

“The CRACK Act makes it crystal clear that taxpayer-funded crack pipes will not happen,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. “The Biden administration must really begin to rethink the many very bad policies coming out of the Department of Health and Human Services, this crack pipe and drug paraphernalia scheme being among the worst. The government should not be in the business of enabling addiction to illegal and dangerous drugs.”

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced the CRACK Act after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week appeared to confirm that part of the $30 million grant program would go toward “smoking kits/supplies,” which frequently includes crack pipes. The Biden administration backtracked, prompting an outcry of leftist activist groups that argue “pipe distribution is healthcare.”

The CRACK Act would specifically prohibit HHS from using federal substance use disorder funds to procure, supply, or distribute pipes, cylindrical objects, or other paraphernalia that can be used to smoke, inhale, or ingest narcotics.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state.