Welfare reform has never been a popular subject among liberals. They like to make it as easy as possible to become dependent on the government. Conservatives want to help the people who truly need it, but they don’t believe that welfare for an eternity is the answer.
They believe in a sensible means testing, and the Senate agrees.
The Senate voted Tuesday, under the Congressional Review Act, to cut an Obama-era regulation that limits who can be drug tested while applying for unemployment benefits. The repeal passed the Senate, 51-48, after sailing through the House last month with a 236-189 majority.
While the 2012 law broadly stated that states could test applicants looking for work in fields that require frequent drug screening, the 2016 regulation more narrowly defined what that meant, giving a specific list of just a few eligible jobs.
Republicans argued that the Obama-era regulation gave the federal government too much oversight on an issue that should have been decided at the state level.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) said, “As wee saw too often, the Obama administration went beyond its legal authority in creating legislation that limits the role of state governments.”
The bill is headed to president Donald Trump, who is expected to sign the legislation.