U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)—the Senate’s leading foe of wasteful government spending—joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the Cutting off Rampant Access to Crack Kits (CRACK) Act, which would amend Section 2706 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to prohibit any funds from directly or indirectly purchasing, supplying, or distributing crack pipes or similar drug paraphernalia.

“While inflation continues to soar sky high in this country, the Biden administration is pushing their $30 million crackpot idea that puts drug abusers in charge of designing crack kits and distributing drug paraphernalia—all at the taxpayer’s expense,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “Right now, nearly everything costs more in Biden’s America…well, except crack kits are free! This effort will force the Biden administration to sober up from its out of control budget bender and stop making problems worse.”


As part of a new Biden administration initiative, “people who use drugs”—funded as part of the Democrats’ so-called American Rescue Plan—will help decide how to spend nearly $30 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars on smoking kits and drug equipment and supplies for other drug users.

Today, Ernst awarded her February 2022 Squeal Award to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for pushing the taxpayer-funded crack kit scheme.

The full list of Senate co-sponsors for the CRACK Act includes Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Kennedy (R-La.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.).

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