About the resolution
One of the most controversial bills in this Congress split the two parties so much that the Senate vote produced no Republicans opposed and no Democrats in favor. And it could potentially kick a large number of people around the country off of unemployment insurance or food stamps.
The context and what the law does
Existing federal law barred states from drug testing anybody claiming food stamps as a means of screening those people out. A 1960s Democrat-led Department of Labor ruling similarly banned states from drug testing those claiming unemployment insurance until 2012.
Then, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 — passed by a Republican House compromising with President Obama — allowed states to drug test unemployment claimants under specific narrow circumstances. At least 15 states ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 8th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2017
Length: 1 page
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What legislators are saying
This resolution incorporates provisions from:
H.J.Res. 42 (115th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.
A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.
Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.J.Res. 42. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This joint resolution was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants, Pub. L. No. 115-17, H.R.J. Res. 42, 115th Cong. (2017).
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