Kevin Fobbs
Is government drug testing for unemployment benefits needed?
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By Kevin Fobbs
January 10, 2018

The Trump administration has taken the second step to deal with unemployment benefit recipients who use drugs while taking those benefits. According to The Hill, the first step to increase drug testing occurred when Republicans repealed an Obama-era regulation which limited states' ability to limit drug testing for people who apply for unemployment benefits. They used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which President Trump signed, repealing the Obama-era regulation. That was only the beginning.

Now the Labor Department is planning to issue a more expansive rule which will redefine what category of jobs that will have to submit to regular drug testing for unemployment claims. In a statement, the Labor Department explained, "states no longer have authority to drug test unemployment compensation applicants for whom suitable work is only available in occupations that regularly conduct drug testing for unlawful use of controlled substances."

There are many liberals who have expressed disagreement with the new Trump administration initiatives. In fact, with the legalization of recreational marijuana use in California, the use of on the job weed smoking, and general illegal pot use by those searching for employment, these new regulations are essential.

House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), is delighted with the president's signing of the bill which abolished the Obama-pot leniency rule. He commented, "After five years of battling with the Obama Department of Labor, states like Texas will now be allowed to drug test folks on unemployment to ensure they are job-ready from day one. This is a win for families, workers, job creators, and local economies," reported Newsweek.

Of course, there are those who support marijuana users and feel they have some right to use the illegal drug, even though that use is strictly prohibited by federal law. Some have even speculated that their right to employment would be abridged if they are forced to take a drug test in order to receive unemployment benefits.

This of course is pure illogical nonsense. Any person receiving state unemployment benefits must make themselves for work, which according to Strategic Services on Unemployment and Workers' Compensation President Doug Holmes, includes passing a drug test according to The Hill. He added, "This is an insurance program, it's not public assistance."

The Labor Department plans to release its proposed rule on unemployment benefits drug testing in June. So far, Texas, Mississippi and Wisconsin are the only states which have passed laws to allow drug testing for their unemployment insurance programs.

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Kevin Fobbs Media Bio: 05-21-2021

About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.

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For nearly 40 years, Kevin's personal devotion to Christian conservative values and principles has guided his public service in both state and national government, as well as private sector and media leadership roles, including elected and appointed positions. The primary Biblical verse that guides Kevin is: Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

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