Congress Kills Obama-Era Rule Limiting Drug Tests

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The Senate voted to repeal an Obama-era regulation restricting the scope of drug testing that states could require for recipients of unemployment benefits, Politico reports. The measure overturning a Labor Department rule, which limited the industries for which states could mandate drug testing as a prerequisite for receiving unemployment benefits, passed 51-48, on largely a party-line vote.

President Trump is expected to sign it into law, making it the eighth Obama administration regulation that the Republican Congress has successfully killed through the little-used Congressional Review Act. That two-decades-old law allows lawmakers to scrap recently finalized executive-branch regulations through a resolution of disapproval, which can be passed with simple majorities in the House and Senate. The move was opposed by civil rights groups and labor unions.

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