Trump To Sign Law That Increases Drug Tests for Unemployed Seeking Benefits

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Welfare reform is a long overdue. Conservative and supporters of Ronald Reagan have always believed the best support you can offer a person on welfare is a J-O-B! Now with President Trump in office supporting policies for a stronger economy, job opportunities are increasing for workers.

In the past, one might have said for a single person in poverty with a child born out of wedlock, “it pays for her NOT to work.”  Welfare benefits provided to that person can include funds for housing, medical, phones, clothes and food. In most cases that single mother on welfare benefits, is often better off financially than a young student coming out of college with a four year degree. When a single mother on public assistance gets more in benefits than a young college student with a degree, the welfare system is broke!

Trump recently told conservatives that “it’s time for all Americans to get off welfare and get back to work.” He adds, “You’re going to love it.”

H/T Conservative Tribune:

Welfare reform has been a high priority for Republicans and conservatives for many years, and now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, the possibility of such reform is finally feasible.

In what was quite possibly the opening salvo on welfare leeches, 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 common-sense legislation like this than any legislative body under the control of people like former House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Now states will have the freedom to drug-test individuals before they start shelling out taxpayer money to people. This will help ensure that people receiving welfare benefits won’t use taxpayer money to buy drugs.

It was not immediately clear when Trump would sign the bill into law, but the White House has indicated that Trump will indeed sign it.

Republicans have cheered this bill as a victory for states’ rights, while Democrats have resorted to their old talking point of claiming that Republicans are targeting the poor.

This deregulation was possible only through the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to undo recent legislation with a simple majority — though the act generally is useful only at the beginning of a new administration that disagrees with the previous one.

Responses on Twitter of Trump’s Welfare Reform:

My favorite Trump quote today:
“Time for Americans to get off welfare and get back to work”

President Trump “It is time to get Americans off of welfare and back to work.”

Mr. Trump ” It’s time for all Americans to get off of welfare and get back to work ” Hell yes!

 Totally agree! It is way past time for these people to get off their lazy behinds and get back to work. I realize President Obama didn’t want to create jobs, because Democrats believe and want more people dependent on the government so they can keep securing their votes. However, if you really asked most people on welfare, they would prefer having a J-O-B.

Trump is creating a stronger economy and reducing regulations; both will help businesses create more jobs. What will follow is a smaller number of people on welfare and more Americans back to work.

If there is one thing we know, people that need help should get it. But people that are just lazy, and don’t want to do anything but collect their “free” stuff, well let’s face it, those are the same people who usually abuse the system.  They buy their $200 shoes, they drive a nice fancy Lexus and are living off the efforts of the rest of us hard working Americans.

 At least 15 states have passed legislation regarding drug testing or screening for public assistance applicants or recipients (Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.)

In addition, as of March 2017, at least 15 other states have proposed legislation requiring some form of drug testing or screening for public assistance recipients this year. The states include: Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont. Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania have proposals to drug test those applicants who have been convicted of drug-related offenses.

The fact is most employees WITH jobs are drug tested, so why wouldn’t we test welfare recipients as well? In most cases the welfare recipients are collecting more benefits and salary than those WITH jobs.  Welfare recipients might take their benefits more seriously if they knew they would lose their “free” stuff, if they did drugs and tested postive.


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