One Congressman Thinks His Fellow Lawmakers Should Be Randomly Drug Tested

He says he believes senators should be subject to the same expectations as working-class Americans.

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins is asking Congress to conduct random drug testing on its members. In a resolution introduced last week, Higgins proposed that representatives in the House and Senate be given one random drug test per term to "maintain accountability" and be more in line with the average working American.

"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," Higgins said in a statement, per The Monroe News Star. "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."

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Under the proposed legislation, Congress members would reimburse taxpayers for costs related to drug screenings. Lawmakers who test positive for illegal drugs would be reported to the House or Senate Committee on Ethics. As for senators and representatives who refuse the screenings, their names would be publicized by the ethics committee.

Higgins initially put forth the idea in June. In a Facebook video taken in his car, the representative said he finished a random drug screening for the marshal's office. "Based upon some of the behavior I've seen, I'd be very interested to know what kind of illegal drugs are flowing through the veins of our elected officials in Washington, D.C.," he said at the time.

So far, the bill — which has no co-sponsors — hasn't garnered much support from Higgins' colleagues. "When you haven't delivered at all for your district I guess all you have is gimmicks and bravado," Louisiana Democratic Party executive director Stephen Handwerk said of the proposal on Twitter.

But Higgins is standing by the proposed legislation. "This isn't a stunt," he said. "It's not about shaming or embarrassing or ending members' careers. It's about our body adhering to the same standards almost every other working man and woman is held to on the job. We should be reflective of the people."

Cover image via  cozyta / Shutterstock.

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