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After Radel Arrest, Nancy Pelosi Slams Republicans For Voting For Food-Stamp Drug Tests

“It’s like, what?”

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Yuri Gripas / Reuters

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she felt “very sad” for the family of Republican Rep. Trey Radel, who was charged with cocaine possession on Tuesday, but took a political shot at Republican policies.

Speaking with BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton at a BuzzFeed Brews event, Pelosi also noted that House Republicans had recently voted on a bill that would require food-stamp applicants to get drug tested and that Radel’s situation might “humanize” that for Republicans.

“It’s really interesting it came on the heels of Republicans voting on everyone who had access to food stamps get drug tested. It’s like, what?” she said.

“The fact is, there are certain things, especially in Congress, where we hold ourselves to a higher standard,” she added.

Radel said in a statement Tuesday that he struggled with alcohol addiction and that he “will do whatever is necessary to overcome it.”

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Kate Nocera is the managing editor for BuzzFeed’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Nocera is a recipient of the National Press Foundation's 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.
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