President Joe Biden, joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to the press and departs the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, en route to the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
Blackburn’s demands are simple, the Senator clarified stating, “All we want to know is how much money they are using for safe-smoking kits? What is in the kits? Where is this money going? Once I get an answer, I will lift my hold. I’m just waiting for an answer.”
Specifically, a $30 million harm reduction grant operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the Health and Human Services Department is in question.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra claimed in response that no federal funding will be used to include pipes in smoking kits, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the kits will include things like alcohol swabs to prevent disease transmission.