Republican Senators Move To Bar Federal Spending for Crack Paraphernalia

More than a dozen Republican senators introduced a measure Thursday that would ban a pandemic relief program from funding the distribution of crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia.

The Cutting off Rampant Access to Crack Kits (CRACK) Act, introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), would amend the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, which allocates $30 million for a program that funds the distribution of crack “smoking kits.” The amendment comes in response to a Washington Free Beacon report Monday that detailed how the Biden administration will fund smoking kits intended to limit the spread of disease among users of drugs such as crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine. The money would fund local government programs such as ones already established in cities across the country. Programs in Annapolis, Md.New Haven, Conn.San Francisco, and Seattle, all included smoking pipes in kits.