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Bill seeks to require drug screening for jobless benefits
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Source: Los Angeles Times

Legislation introduced by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) would require applicants for federally subsidized jobless benefits to fill out a drug screening questionnaire to determine whether they should have to take a drug test. Those identified as having a high probability of drug use would be required to pass a drug test.

"Drug screening as a condition of unemployment benefits safeguards valuable taxpayer dollars by ensuring job seekers are at their competitive best for re-employment and helps to reduce the nations debt by not using federal resources to enable an individuals drug dependency, Kingston said in a letter to colleagues seeking their support.

The proposal has already drawn partisan criticism:

This is just another attempt to demonize the unemployed, most of whom have no job for no fault of their own," said Rep. George Miller of California, top Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. "Why doesnt he propose to drug test executives at Wall Street banks? It was their actions that have been documented to have directly contributed to the recession and high unemployment rate in the first place.

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  -Bill seeks to require drug screening for jobless benefits Newsjock  Dec-09-11 03:35 PM   #0 
  - Sigh... same old shit, different day. WTF is wrong w/these Pubs? I think they are mentally ill.  CurtEastPoint   Dec-09-11 03:38 PM   #1 
  - You "think"? There is no guesswork to it. They are fucking NUTS.  RBInMaine   Dec-09-11 07:58 PM   #23 
  - And who's paying for the thousands of drug screenings? Oh yeah, taxpayers.  NickB79   Dec-09-11 03:46 PM   #2 
  - All so their drug screening cronies can make more $$$ n/t  iscooterliberally   Dec-09-11 03:52 PM   #3 
  - The Pathology Institute of Middle Georgia  DissedByBush   Dec-09-11 10:26 PM   #26 
  - Make no mistake this hippie-punching pure and simple  MindPilot   Dec-09-11 04:02 PM   #4 
  - wasn't this found unconstitutional in WI years ago? FL is trying it under pRick Scott  Roland99   Dec-09-11 04:21 PM   #5 
  - Colbert's sidekick tried to pass Scott a piss cup at one of  russspeakeasy   Dec-09-11 04:27 PM   #7 
  - "...ensuring job seekers are at their competitive best"  KansDem   Dec-09-11 04:22 PM   #6 
  - It's an IQ Test  Blacksheep214   Dec-09-11 04:28 PM   #8 
  - You'd better watch it, some labs can distinguish synthetic urine from the real thing.  Leftist Agitator   Dec-09-11 05:22 PM   #12 
     - Sucks, don't it?  Blacksheep214   Dec-09-11 06:45 PM   #19 
  - Even Repubs get high.  DocMac   Dec-09-11 04:33 PM   #9 
  - in Kingston's defense, he is an ignorant fool, and possibly a moron.  provis99   Dec-09-11 05:17 PM   #10 
  - Yeah - the unemployed were FIRED because of drug use - and then they got UI benefits - to do more  jpak   Dec-09-11 05:21 PM   #11 
  - looking to screen lazy from lazy with a reason  Demonaut   Dec-09-11 05:37 PM   #13 
  - How about drug testing congress first?  Shoe Horn   Dec-09-11 05:49 PM   #14 
  - This could be a windfall for LabCorp  WhatsNext   Dec-09-11 06:01 PM   #15 
  - Didn't Orrin Hatch start this meme?  WhatsNext   Dec-09-11 06:04 PM   #16 
  - Let's go all out then.  bluedigger   Dec-09-11 06:13 PM   #17 
  - when they test congressmen for Satanism, by throwing them into the Potomac every Xmas,  marasinghe   Dec-09-11 06:32 PM   #18 
  - I'm just thinking of persons in Aerospace or Airlines, over the years that have lost their jobs...  SoapBox   Dec-09-11 07:03 PM   #20 
  - Attention, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert  Missy Vixen   Dec-09-11 07:16 PM   #21 
  - Same udder, different teat. n/t  A Simple Game   Dec-09-11 07:52 PM   #22 
  - This already happened in FL did it not?  Stevepol   Dec-09-11 09:20 PM   #24 
  - Yup, nothing more than a waste of time and money n/t  geomon666   Dec-10-11 11:52 AM   #29 
  - Swell. So medical marijuana patients like me should either starve or go blind.  Zhade   Dec-09-11 09:28 PM   #25 
  - Hey Jack, you first!  Earth_First   Dec-09-11 10:50 PM   #27 
  - Because this worked so well in Florida  geomon666   Dec-10-11 11:51 AM   #28 
  - Drug screening should be required for all politicians at all levels of government.  sarcasmo   Dec-10-11 05:34 PM   #30 
  - republican swine is setting his sites  ElMuertoMonkey   Dec-12-11 05:36 PM   #31 
  - "Those identified as having a high probability of drug use" == ?  0rganism   Dec-12-11 10:00 PM   #32 

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