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Entry Title Date
The Culture Of Opposition Needs To Change November 18, 2015
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"Sadly, these actions by administration officials are indicative of a throwback ideology rooted in the failed war on drugs, which needs to stop."
West Virginia’S Drug Crisis October 21, 2015
Evan Jenkins, R-WV
"Mr. President, if you want to help win the war on drugs, stop your war on coal. What we need is the Federal Government to get out of the way of West Virginia, and let us get back to work."
Stop Sanctuary Policies And Protect Americans Act—Motion To Proceed October 8, 2015
Jeff Sessions, R-AL
"The Drug Enforcement Administration called me recently and told me that 120 people a day are dying of a drug overdose in America. How many of them have serious brain injuries as a result of those overdoses? Our Presiding Officer, Dr. Cassidy, has been around emergency rooms. How many people are taken to emergency rooms and at what great cost to our communities? How many lives are disrupted? How many children are in broken homes? How many people had to leave their home because one spouse or the other has spent all the family money on drugs to support a habit? How many children have been abandoned, went to bed without food because of addiction in their family?"
Hire More Heroes Act Of 2015—Continued September 22, 2015
Cory Booker, D-NJ
"Latinos face the same challenges. Native Americans are also grossly overrepresented in our criminal justice system, with incarceration rates that are 38 percent higher than the national average. There is no difference in proclivity for drug crimes among people of color, but we have a system that actually punishes those who are of color in different ways. We need to begin, as a Congress and a nation, to find ways to have drug laws that make sense. The explosion of incarcerations in this country was fueled by the war on drugs, and we know that certain communities are facing the harsh impact of that enforcement in ways that other communities are not."
Safer Officers And Safer Citizens Act Of 2015 July 30, 2015
Cory Booker, D-NJ
"I am also concerned that systemic issues have contributed to eroding the trust between communities and police. It comes from decades of a failed War on Drugs. Minority communities are routinely subject to stop and frisk policies. People are stopped for “suspicious” activities like acting too nervous, acting too calm, dressing casually, or wearing expensive clothes or jewelry. The fact is that five times as many Whites report using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug crimes ten times that of whites. Of course a lack of trust will exist when our criminal justice system as a whole disproportionately targets minorities."

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