On MORE Act, Pappas Urges House to Answer Questions, Not Rush Process

December 4, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statement after the House voted on the MORE Act:

“This is an incredibly important conversation to have, and it deserves the appropriate time and consideration from Congress,” said Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01). “There are elements of the MORE Act that I strongly support, including de-scheduling marijuana at the federal level and empowering states to determine their own policies that make sense for them.”

“But I have serious concerns about the many unanswered questions that I have heard from local public health and safety experts in my state about expunging certain federal drug convictions and implementing aspects of this legislation. I feel we should not rush this bill through when Congress has yet to act on a COVID-19 relief package that is so badly needed as Americans continue to face a global pandemic and an economic crisis.”

“Ensuring fairness in our justice system and keeping our communities safe are not mutually exclusive. We can and must do both, and I’m hopeful this issue can be addressed through the legislative process next term.”

“We should not adjourn this Congress until we pass a comprehensive, bipartisan COVID-19 response package that supports workers, helps small businesses, bolsters state and local governments, strengthens our health care system, and provides for robust a testing, tracing, and vaccine program. I am confident that in the months ahead, Congress and the incoming administration can address the issues raised in the MORE Act thoroughly, thoughtfully, and in a bipartisan fashion, with input from local stakeholders and leaders.”