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Labor Department Plans Drug Test Regulation for Unemployment Benefits

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 19:10
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 Urine samples are seen in the foreground as a laboratory technician prepares samples of urine for doping tests during a media open day, ahead of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, at the King's College London Drug Control Centre, London, Friday Feb. 5, 2010. The drug control centre is the UK's only World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory to carry out doping tests on sports competitors. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)The Donald Trump administration hopes to unveil a new Labor Department regulation in June requiring drug testing for unemployment benefits.Republicans used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal an Obama-era regulation that limited states’ ability to limit drug testing for people who apply for unemployment benefits.

After President Trump signed the CRA repealing the Obama-era regulation, House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said:

President Trump just signed into law my bill that abolishes an Obama-era rule. After five years of battling with the Obama Department of Labor, states like Texas will now be allowed to drug test folks on unemployment to ensure they are job-ready from day one. This is a win for families, workers, job creators, and local economies.

Chairman Brady proposed the bill with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who sponsored the Senate version of the CRA.

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