Many states have adopted rules in recent years to require beneficiaries of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to be screened for drug use.
TANF is a federal welfare program through which the states provide aid to their poorest citizens. Unemployment is an insurance program; employers are required to pay-in to it for their employees during the time they are employed. Now, in Wisconsin and other states that followed its lead, people will have to endure drug screening just to get access to their own insurance benefits.
The Trump administration has indicated it “strongly supports” the effort, making it very likely the bill will be signed very soon.
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
Drug testing as a condition of eligibility for receiving necessary benefits is scientifically, fiscally, and constitutionally unsound. https://t.co/mSMZzfZmJw— ACLU National (@ACLU) March 20, 2017
What justification is there for drug testing for UI that doesn't also justify drug testing for Social Security? https://t.co/1vTy9TIWaq— Annie Lowrey (@AnnieLowrey) March 20, 2017