House GOP Unemployment Benefits Bill Includes Provision Allowing Mandatory Drug Tests

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that House Republicans were considering subjecting the unemployed to drug tests before they would pass a necessary extension of unemployment benefits. Today, House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the House GOP’s actual proposal, and it does indeed include a provision on mandatory drug testing. Rather than mandate drug tests in all 50 states, however, the bill permits states to mandate drug tests on their own. It’s not clear how House Republicans expect states to get around the fact that conditioning benefits on drug testing has consistently been struck down by courts as unconstitutional.