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S.J.Res. 23 (115th): A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.


The text of the resolution below is as of Feb 16, 2017 (Introduced). The resolution was not adopted.

Summary of this 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 …


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. J. RES. 23

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 16, 2017

introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

JOINT RESOLUTION

Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.

That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program; Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Provision on Establishing Appropriate Occupations for Drug Testing of Unemployment Compensation Applicants (published at 81 Fed. Reg. 50298 (August 1, 2016)), and such rule shall have no force or effect.