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Matthew Perry makes lawmaker 'Friends'

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

Matthew Perry delivered a repeat performance on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning, testifying a second year on behalf of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

"Drug Courts are the single most effective program for getting serious drug addicts into life-long recovery, putting them back to work, back in school and back with their families," Perry told the House Appropriations Subcommittee.

He asked representatives to support $45 million for drug courts and $4 million for Veterans Treatment Courts at the Justice Department. Dedicated programs for nonviolent substance abuse offenders reduce crime by as much as 45 percent compared with traditional sentences, according to NADCP. Perry, who battled a prescription drug addiction in the '90s, has worked with the group since 2009.

Perry also met with individual lawmakers in the afternoon, including Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio., Steve Womack, R-Ark., and Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.

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