Welfare reform has been a big priority for Republicans and conservatives for years, and with President Donald Trump in the White House, such reform might becoming.
Trump was ready to sign a bill passed by Congress that would allow states to perform drug tests on those applying for unemployment benefits, WITI reported.
Under President Barack Obama, states weren’t allowed to test applicants for drugs unless they were applying for a job that already had mandatory drug testing. However, there’s a new sheriff in town — and he’s backed by a Republican-controlled Congress that, while far from perfect, is at least more likely to pass legislation like this than any legislative body under the control of people like former House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Now that states have the freedom to drug-test people before they start giving taxpayer money to people. This will ensure that people receiving welfare benefits won’t use taxpayer money to buy drugs.
It was not clear when Trump would sign the bill into law, but the White House has indicated that he will sign it.
Republicans have cheered this bill as a victory for states’ rights, while Democrats say that Republicans are targeting the poor.
This was made possible by the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to undo recent legislation with a simple majority – though the act generally is useful only at the start of a new administration that disagrees with the previous one.
Welfare and other government assistance programs account for a significant chunk of the federal budget. Hopefully, Trump will continue to take actions that will get people off welfare and get them jobs where they can contribute from society and not take from it.