"It’s like, what?” Pelosi said. "To get food stamps you have to be drug tested? And so I hope that it will humanize, shall we say, their thinking about some subjects."
The Democratic leader said she felt "very sad" for Radel's family, but added that members of Congress must "hold ourselves to a higher standard in terms of these issues."
Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine to a victims' compensation fund.