With more and more politicians — including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — calling for welfare recipients to pass drug tests, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) is looking to turn the tables.
She wants to make sure the wealthiest Americans aren’t spending their tax breaks on drugs.
“As a strong advocate for social programs aimed at combating poverty, it deeply offends me that there is such a deep stigma surrounding those who depend on government benefits, especially as a former welfare recipient,” Moore said in a statement. “Sadly, Republicans across the country continue to implement discriminatory policies that criminalize the less fortunate and perpetuate false narratives about the most vulnerable among us. These laws serve only one purpose: stoking the most extreme sentiments and misguided notions of the conservative movement.”
On Thursday, Moore introduced the Top 1% Accountability Act of 2016, requiring drug testing for all tax filers claiming itemized deductions in any year over $150,000.
No word on when or whether the bill will come up for a vote.