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senate Bill S. 64

Should Passing A Drug Test Be Required For Welfare Benefits?

Argument in favor

These federal benefits should only be available to those who earnestly want to get back on their feet — people who abuse illegal drugs have clearly not made that commitment. This drug testing program would weed out the people who should not be collecting benefits funded by taxpayer dollars.

LovedbyGod2's Opinion
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04/10/2015
I absolutely believe welfare is used more by people who need it, don't abuse the system and are hard working Americans than who is stereotyped as using it. However, if drug tests are administered to every single person (though at random times) in the system you may be able to cut down on the abuse of the system and reduce the stereotype for those who need it. Instead of cutting a person completely off for their drug problem. We could invest in drug rehabilitation services - actually help people help themselves instead of talking about them.
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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08/16/2015
If you can't pass a drug test you are not a victim of poverty, your blatantly poor decisions got you there and tax payers are not responsible to pay for your needs.
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JonRunyan's Opinion
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06/22/2015
Your on assistance because you cannot or do not have a job, step #2 of getting a job is passing a drug test!
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Argument opposed

Illegal drug use is not higher among the welfare beneficiary population than it is in the general population —  legislation like this aims to target the needy, creating stigmas about the poor, and whether they "really need" benefits. There are also questions about the constitutionality of these tests.

Dudewizard's Opinion
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04/14/2015
I understand why anyone would think this is a good idea - on paper, it's a great idea - but so far, its implementation has costed more than it has saved. All it does now is perpetuate stigmatization of America's poor.
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John's Opinion
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02/25/2015
This idea was tried in Florida already. The result was that the drug testing cost more than any savings realized.
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Rene's Opinion
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03/07/2015
We already have all the documentation we need to see that those on welfare use less than the general public. Now testing members of Congress since they are employees of the taxpayers, that I could get behind. Check for alcohol & drug use.
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      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedJanuary 7th, 2015
    I absolutely believe welfare is used more by people who need it, don't abuse the system and are hard working Americans than who is stereotyped as using it. However, if drug tests are administered to every single person (though at random times) in the system you may be able to cut down on the abuse of the system and reduce the stereotype for those who need it. Instead of cutting a person completely off for their drug problem. We could invest in drug rehabilitation services - actually help people help themselves instead of talking about them.
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    I understand why anyone would think this is a good idea - on paper, it's a great idea - but so far, its implementation has costed more than it has saved. All it does now is perpetuate stigmatization of America's poor.
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    This idea was tried in Florida already. The result was that the drug testing cost more than any savings realized.
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    If you can't pass a drug test you are not a victim of poverty, your blatantly poor decisions got you there and tax payers are not responsible to pay for your needs.
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    We already have all the documentation we need to see that those on welfare use less than the general public. Now testing members of Congress since they are employees of the taxpayers, that I could get behind. Check for alcohol & drug use.
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    Time to start helping those with drug problems rather than punishing them. Lets stop declaring war on fellow citizens who have emotional challenges and turn to drugs. It would be much cheaper to reach out and help them.
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    Your on assistance because you cannot or do not have a job, step #2 of getting a job is passing a drug test!
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    Let's drug test our congressmen instead.
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    Verein is so stupid. "we do not need to stigmatize the poor any more than we already do" honey im sorry but paying for the poor people to stay at home all day doing nothing while the weathly work is really "stigmatizing" them.
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    If they can afford drugs, then, they do not need welfare.
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    Of course. If you aren't using you have nothing to lose. I was tested in the military so they should be tested too
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    I voted nay because its an invasion of privacy. Turn back time so I can kill that idiot who handed over his/her urine without a fight. I would have said "fuck off". Who are the nutjobs that want to control everybody else?
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    the cost would out-way the savings!
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    Too many citizens abuse the welfare system and use it as a means of living and reliance instead of a tool to help you get back on your feet after personal financial crisis. As a grocery store employee I witness many people abuse the welfare and EBT systems every day. In theory welfare is a great system but in reality it is abused and people leave to work force to instead depend on the government to provide for them.
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    As many states that require drug screening for benefits have found out, drug screening has: found few 'fails', incurred added costs to providing services, and adds a shaming burden on those already asking for help to pee in a cup. The overwhelming truth is that the poor cannot afford drugs, often the ones they are prescribed. Yes there are always cheats, but let's start at the top and have both houses pass the same test they expect their constituents to pass, or forfeit pension, insurance, and salary.
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    Employers drug test employees. If you receive money from the government, you should abide by the same rules. If someone fails the test, that's one less person to pay. America's middle and upper middle class are drug tested, so it's not any sort of oppression. Drugs are a choice and shall be treated as such.
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    Because drug addicts don't deserve the level of support granted to them. They should also have to collect food stuff from a central location and have an electric food stamp card taken away. I shouldn't have to work harder and be taxed more so they can work less!
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    MONEY. Every vote in favor of this issue is backed with the faulty logic of "I take a test to earn my money, so should the freeloaders." So, let's waste tax dollars by testing everyone on welfare. How about this, take the tax dollars that all those in favor of drug testing would theoretically have to spend and instead, create jobs and hire people to provide greater oversight of where the welfare funds end up and who is using them. Want to bet that in very short order all of the FRAUD and also misappropriated funds will begin to turn up. I do not disagree at all that there are people who abuse the system. I have seen it happen, know people who have done it and constantly hear of cases where hundreds of thousands of welfare funds have gone to one individual because the people who have the responsibility to make sure the money is going to the people that actually need it are overwhelmed. If instead of WASTING money, like all of the people who support this idea of drug testing people receiving welfare seem to want to do, why not try actually administering the system properly from the start?
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    We are required to pass drug test to support ourselves. Surely people should need to pass a drug test to be supported by my tax money.
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    If you go for a job to support your family you have to get a drug test , If my money goes to support you then yes you should get a drug test
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