Scalise Applauds Passage of Bill Restoring Right of States to Drug Test Unemployment Insurance Recipients

Feb 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Majority Whip Steve Scalise today issued the following statement after the House passed H.J.Res. 42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants:

"It is common sense to allow states to drug test unemployment insurance recipients. That's why in 2012, Congress came together in a bipartisan manner to pass the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which improved the unemployment insurance system to give states the ability to drug test those seeking assistance who had been fired for use of illegal drugs, or were seeking a job that required regular drug testing.

"Yet four years after this law was enacted, the radical Obama Department of Labor issued an overreaching rule that severely restricted the efforts of states to conduct drug tests, hampering their ability to ensure a qualified and drug-free workforce.

"I'm glad that the House acted today to overturn this harmful rule, returning power back to the states so they can make sure unemployment insurance applicants are more readily able to enter the workforce again."

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