final rule regarding state drug testing policies for participants in the state unemployment compensation program


Dear Ms. Krider;

Thank you for contacting me about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule regarding state drug testing policies for participants in the state unemployment compensation program. Hearing from you helps me better represent Kentucky in the United States Senate.

In 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (P.L. 112-96), which allowed states to drug test applicants who applied for unemployment if they lost their job due to illicit drug use or if the only available job openings are in occupations where employees are regularly drug tested. The rule put forth by the Obama administration on August 1, 2016, would significantly narrow states’ ability to implement drug testing policies for state unemployment compensation programs as established under the law

As you may know, on January 30, 2017, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady introduced a joint resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 42) to overturn this regulation. The resolution of disapproval passed the House on February 15, 2017, and the Senate on March 14, 2017. Subsequently, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 42 into law (P.L. 115-17) on March 31, 2017. 

Thank you again for contacting me about this important matter. If you would like to receive periodic updates from my office, please sign up for my eNewsletter at http://mcconnell.senate.gov/ and become a fan of my page on Facebook, by visiting http://www.facebook.com/mitchmcconnell or follow my office on Twitter @McConnellPress.

Sincerely,

MITCH McCONNELL
UNITED STATES SENATOR

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