The resolution that was passed by the senate nixed some Obama-era laws, and will now allow states to do expanded drug testing for those receiving unemployment benefits.
The prior laws put in place by the Obama administration “mandated that states could only test applicants if they were looking for work in jobs that require regular drug screenings,” according to Fox.
This means that more states will be allowed to drug test a larger variety of benefit receivers, something that should have happened a long time ago. The measure is now awaiting white house approval, and the president’s signature into law.
Fox 6 reports:
President Donald Trump is expected to sign off on a new law that will likely subject more unemployed Americans to drug tests before they can claim jobless benefits.
The resolution — approved by the Senate on Tuesday, March 14th after passing in the House in February — nixes a Labor Department regulation that limited how many unemployment-benefit applicants states could test for drugs. The old rule, implemented under former President Barack Obama, mandated that states could only test applicants if they were looking for work in jobs that require regular drug screenings.
The repeal measure narrowly passed the Senate, 51–48, under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to undo some recently implemented federal regulations with a simple majority. The House used the same maneuver to get it through their chamber last month with a 236–189 majority.
The bill now heads to President Trump’s office for final approval. The White House said that the president will sign it into law, although officials have not laid out a timetable for when that could happen.
Republicans argued that the Obama-era regulation gave the federal government too much oversight on an issue that should have been decided at the state level.
“As we saw too often, the Obama administration went beyond its legal authority in creating legislation that limits the role of state governments,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.
But Democrats have warned that the new law essentially vilifies jobless Americans and plays into the often-false stereotype that unemployed people are more likely to use drugs. (Studies about the correlation between drug use and employment status are mixed).
“If you’re looking for work, you’re guilty of drug use until being proven innocent,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said.