Kevin Brady and Congress Move Forward on Unemployment Drug Testing Issue

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Kevin Brady and Congress Move Forward on Unemployment Drug Testing Issue

Published on February 17, 2017 by Larry Crippen

This week, the U.S. House passed Congressman Kevin Brady’s legislation to stop an Obama-era Labor Department regulation on unemployment insurance benefits.

House Joint Resolution 42, sponsored by Congressman Kevin Brady, disapproves and blocks a rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants. In 2012, Congressman Brady helped lead the successful effort in Congress to repeal a 1960s-era ban on drug screening and testing of unemployment insurance applicants and allow states to conduct drug testing of people receiving unemployment benefits. Despite multiple agency meetings with Members of Congress, The Department of Labor’s rule fell well short of Congress’ intent, forcing Congress to intervene. 

Congressman Brady spoke on the matter from the floor of the House this week . . . .

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