On day one of his presidency, Donald Trump has kept his campaign promise to work hard, and to get things done as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
This week, the US House of Representatives have decided to follow in President Trump’s footsteps.
They have passed a significant piece of legislation that will give each state more power and control over their state funded unemployment benefits. Which is about time!
From The Federalist Papers:
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to dismantle an Obama Administration rule that restricts the ability of states to drug-test people who want to receive welfare benefits.
The rule, one of thousands published in the Federal Register last summer, was meant to implement a law requiring people receiving unemployment benefits to be ready and able to work. The law gave states the option of denying benefits to drug users.
But Republicans opposed the rule because it actually limited the option, only allowing states to deny benefits to people in the transportation or pipeline industries, those who use firearms, and those whose jobs would normally require drug testing.
The House voted 236-189 to kill the rule, The Washington Examiner is reporting:
The rule “ignored the intent of Congress, disregarded most comments and the concern of stakeholders, and above all, the final rule directly undermined the ability of states to implement the important bipartisan reform that will help unemployed workers in their quest to find a good-paying new job,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady on the House floor Wednesday. Brady proposed legislation last year, the Ready for Work Act, that would have given the states, not the Labor Department, the power to determine which individuals claiming unemployment.
Now that it has passed the US House, it is expected to pass through the US Senate and end with the President’s signature, thanks once again to the Congressional Review Act.
The House resolution forces the Labor Department to come up with another rule. It was passed under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the ability to block recently-enacted executive rules by passing “resolutions of disapproval” with a simple majority vote that are then signed by the President.
President Trump is expected to sign it once it clears the Senate. Last week, the Trump administration put out a statement that condemned the Obama-era rule for imposing an “arbitrarily narrow definition of occupations and constrains a State’s ability to conduct a drug testing program in its unemployment insurance system.”
Finally, the federal government giving states back their rights to run their own state funded programs as they see fit! Another win for the 10th Amendment!
Source: The Federalist Papers