WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced H. Con. Res. 135, the Exposing Congressional Drug Abuse Act, which enacts random drug screenings for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Members of Congress would reimburse American taxpayers for all costs of the program. If a member tests positive for illegal drug use, they would be reported to the Committee on Ethics, where the appropriate and subsequent action would be taken.
Congressman Higgins proposed mandatory drug testing earlier this year in a Facebook video that was filmed after completing a random drug screening for the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office. Congressman Higgins retains his POST State Certification as a Deputy Marshal.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“Elected officials in Washington D.C. should be subject to the same kind of random drug screenings that blue-collar, working-class Americans have to endure. Congress shouldn’t get to live by a different set of rules. This effort is about maintaining accountability and ensuring sober service to We, the People.”