House votes to overturn drug testing regulation for those seeking unemployment benefits

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House voted 236-189 Wednesday, February 15th to overturn a Labor Department rule establishing when states could require drug testing for certain laid-off workers seeking unemployment insurance.

Mississippi, Wisconsin and Texas are among the states that have passed laws seeking to expand drug testing in their unemployment insurance programs.

But they needed the Labor Department’s guidance on which applicants, based on their occupation, could be tested. Examples for which testing would be allowed under the regulation include flight crews and jobs requiring a firearm.

But critics seeking the regulation’s repeal said the department crafted it so narrowly that it undermined congressional intent to give states more leeway.

Democratic lawmakers are opposing the GOP-led effort. They say expanding drug testing beyond the categories in the Obama administration’s rule is designed to embarrass laid-off workers and deter them from seeking benefits.

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  • deleted again

    Heaven forbid that these people would “embarrass laid off workers and deter them from seeking benefits”
    They need money to buy drugs. Won’t feed and cloth their kids or heat their home or pay the rent.

  • polymorph

    Democratic lawmakers are opposing the GOP-led effort. They say expanding drug testing beyond the categories in the Obama administration’s rule is designed to embarrass laid-off workers and deter them from seeking benefits. Um,duh.

  • It's a working persons right to know we aren't supporting drug habits with our charity.

    It’s not about embarrassing anyone, it’s about trying to keep people from using the system as a lifetime means of living instead of using only as a temporary crutch. Everyone falls on hard times at some point in life and could use a hand.. but it’s those people that spend their whole life trying to live off the work of everyone else when they could easily be out working.. those people need to be deterred and made to go back into the work force. Not to mention, if I have to be drug tested to keep my job and pay for them to not work, than there is no reason they shouldn’t be drug tested to receive the charity I am forced to give them.

  • Jake

    “Democratic lawmakers are opposing the GOP-led effort. They say expanding drug testing beyond the categories in the Obama administration’s rule is designed to embarrass laid-off workers and deter them from seeking benefits.”

    Well yea, that’s kind of the point.

  • Your Crazy..!!!

    These states , like all should do is , Drug Test , the free loading , Entitlement , that lay around on their couch , smoking Pot & cigarettes , drinking beer , producing babies… Forcing Taxpayers , to pay the bill…!!! Not somebody looking to get back to work.. Every person that that works, knows they will be tested..!!!

  • REH

    If I have to take a drug test in order to work for money to support my family…anyone getting “free” money should have to take one too!

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