On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development FY24 Appropriations Bill.  

According to a statement from Strong's office given to 1819 News, the amendment expresses support for Public Housing Authorities to conduct drug testing as a condition of receiving housing benefits.  

“We must have protections in place, and tools to enforce them, which discourage lifelong dependency and ensure these programs are used as they are intended, as a temporary safety net for our most vulnerable and needy,” Strong said during a House floor speech.

“Drugs are absolutely ravaging our country," he added. It can be seen in every community. As a first responder, I have seen the devastating impact of drug abuse on individuals, their families, and our communities … Not only would drug testing ensure the responsible use of taxpayer-funded benefits, it would also provide a valuable opportunity to identify drug users and connect them with existing resources to get the help that they need.”  

The amendment passed by voice vote. 

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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