Senate OKs Drug Policy Choice
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Senate on Wednesday confirmed John Walters to lead President Bush’s national drug policy, overcoming some senior Democrats’ misgivings.
Walters served as acting White House drug policy director in 1993 but quit when President Clinton announced a reorientation of anti-narcotics policy that de-emphasized law enforcement and interdiction.
He attacked the Clinton administration’s anti-narcotics advertising campaigns and advocated severe prison sentences for marijuana smugglers and repeat offenders.
The Senate approved his nomination on a voice vote. Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the appointment 14-5 over the opposition of Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and former chairmen Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Joseph Biden of Delaware, all Democrats.