Speaker Paul Ryan proposed a bill that will have Americans spending millions on the needless drug testing of potential unemployment beneficiaries. Showing a preference for Republican ideology over his widely expressed fiscal discipline, he moves to undo the work of President Obama’s Department of Labor restrictions on drug tests.
Despite professed public agendas to eliminate government waste, congressional Republicans aligned with Ryan and President Trump despite the fact that evidence shows the costs of similar drug test implementation far outweigh any potential savings.
The bill passed through both the House and the Senate with all votes towing party lines. President Trump has expressed that he “strongly supports” the effort. Paul Ryan could hardly hide his smile as he signed the House resolution alongside the bill’s author, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX).
Another one heads to President Trump’s desk. This legislation allows states to have drug testing to receive federal unemployment benefits. pic.twitter.com/cFnvdeQqX1
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 19, 2017
In his home state of Wisconsin, state governments have required that all beneficiaries of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) be drug tested before receiving benefits. Ryan recently asked the Trump administration for support in testing Food Stamp recipients.
In an examination of the 2014 and 2015 data, Think Progress published findings showing that only a few hundred positive cases were uncovered after aggressive and expensive testing.