Kevin Brady wants you to have to pass a drug test to get unemployment assistance. Last week, Grimes County’s Congressman introduced a bill allowing states to test applicants who either lost their job due to drug usage or are looking for work that requires a drug test.
While admitting to a sub-committee hearing on unemployment insurance that states have had this right since 2012, thanks to a law backed by President Obama, the House of Ways and Means Chair still insisted that through his bill, that right would be ensured.
And while Texas was the first to adjust its laws due to this legislation, Brady said since he feels the current administration reneged on Congress’ clear wishes he introduced the Ready to Work Act of 2016.
More than half of American businesses already screen applicants for drug usage, Brady reported, reasoning that if you are unable to pass such a screening you are not ready to work, and therefore should not be eligible for unemployment assistance.
Navasota news will keep its eye on our congressman’s new measure for you, and let you know whether or not it makes it to the president’s desk. Watch this space.