It may take weeks or months before Americans fully understand all of the left-wing spending debacles hidden in the recently passed 4,155-page — or 6,825-page if you include the addendums — omnibus spending bill.
But conservatives could claim some victories in the $1.7 trillion monstrosity.
One was the end of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military personnel.
Another win was the end of federally purchased crack pipes.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio claimed credit for that one.
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As The Free Press reported in February, Rubio led the attack on the Biden administration’s plan to spend $30 million to distribute “safe smoking kits” to mostly minority communities.
“Biden is sending free meth & crack pipes to minority communities in the name of ‘racial equity.’” Rubio tweeted at the time. “There is no end in sight for this lunacy.”
He responded by filing the ‘‘Cutting Rampant Access to Crack Kits Act of 2022’’ or ‘‘CRACK Act.” The bill essentially entailed one sentence: “Amounts made available under this section may not be used to procure, supply, or distribute pipes, cylindrical objects, or other paraphernalia that can be used to smoke, inhale, or ingest narcotics.’’
Fifteen Republicans, including Florida Sen. Rick Scott, joined Rubio’s effort.
The Washington Free Beacon, which initially exposed Biden’s plan, reported this week that the Biden administration abandoned the $30 million plan after first denying that it was handing out crack pipes to minority drug addicts.
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But, according to the Free Beacon, buried more than 3,100 pages into the omnibus bill that passed Congress this week was the following: federal funding cannot be used to “purchase, procure, or distribute pipes or cylindrical objects intended to be used to smoke or inhale illegal scheduled substances.”
“Most people would agree their tax dollars shouldn’t pay for crack pipes. Sending drug paraphernalia to addicts is not the answer. It’s just common sense. Thankfully, my CRACK Act is buried in this 4,155-page spending bill,” Rubio told the Free Beacon.
“It will now be against the law to use taxpayer dollars to purchase, procure, or distribute pipes or cylindrical objects intended to be used to smoke or inhale illegal drugs. It’s good policy and I expect it to become a new annual rider included in every appropriations bill moving forward.”