Republican representative calls for members of Congress to be regularly drug tested


dcnf-2-1Henry Rodgers, DCNF

Louisiana Republican Rep. Clay Higgins introduced a resolution that would require members of Congress to be drug tested once every term.

Higgins introduced House Concurrent Resolution 135 Thursday, saying “I have observed some behavior that would cause one to wonder,” in an interview with USA Today. “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,” he said in a statement to CBS News.

If a representative tested positive for illegal drugs, they would be reported to the House or Senate Committees on Ethics. Those who refuse would have their names made public. The resolution would also require members of congress to pay back taxpayers for any related costs for their drug tests.

“Congress shouldn’t get to live by a different set of rules,” Higgins continued. “This effort is about maintaining accountability and ensuring sober service to We, the People.”

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Higgins made it clear that if working Americans have to do drug tests in order to gain employment or keep their jobs, then members of Congress should be held to that same standard.

Higgins also serves as a reserve deputy for the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office.

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