This resolution would overturn a Dept. of Labor regulation that allowed states to drug test recipients of unemployment insurance only if they were fired for using a controlled substance or if the only suitable employment available to them requires drug screening. Under the regulation, states could deny unemployment benefits in the event that a person fails their drug test. The rule was initially proposed by the Obama administration in 2012, and took effect September 30, 2016.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is able to overturn regulations finalized within the last 60 legislative days with simple majority votes on a joint resolution of disapproval in both chambers and the president’s signature. CRA resolutions also prevent the federal agency that created the regulation from issuing a similar rule without being directed to do so by Congress.