Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) introduced a bill last week titled the HUNTER Act of 2022 designed to stop the federal government from using taxpayer funds to purchase and distribute drug paraphernalia, including crack pipes and syringes for intravenous illicit drugs.
The bill’s full title is the “Halting the Use of Narcotics Through Effective Recovery Act of 2022.” In response to reporting, Joe Biden’s White House was working on a $30 million grant program to provide drug addicts with new drug pipes as part of a “safe smoking kit.” Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services has since claimed that no federal money will be spent on drug pipes.
The name of the HUNTER Act is an apparent poke at the President’s son, Hunter Biden. Hunter’s drug use and addiction to crack cocaine have been widely reported since Joe Biden began his 2020 presidential campaign.
Boebert told Fox News that she and Bishop are saying taxpayer funds should never be used to pay for further harm to crack addicts. She said Republicans want to “give people in need a good job” while Democrats want free crack pipes.
She went on to say that she preferred the name HUNTER Act because it worked better than “Stop Paying to Subsidize Biden’s Son’s Drug Addiction Act.” She said the alternate name “didn’t flow,” although taxpayers have been paying for Hunter’s addictions long enough.
Bishop said the HUNTER Act is an essential way of showing how ridiculous public policy becomes when it is in “the hands of the woke.”
Although Biden’s HHS has claimed no federal funds are proposed to be spent on crack pipes, the two GOP lawmakers stand firmly behind the HUNTER Act. Boebert said they are unwilling to take HHS’s word for it, and they want a statute in place. Bishop said that the Administration always uses the words “misinformation or disinformation” to stop being held accountable when they are “caught red-handed.”