(Washington) - Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement in reaction to US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to block optional drug-testing requirements in the state of Georgia:
"The USDA has chosen to block a common-sense reform of the food stamp program and hinder Georgia state officials from helping those children most in need. These protections to ensure that children are receiving the proper benefits from the SNAP program would help struggling parents get back on their feet and allow them to be eligible and desirable for work and all of its reaffirming virtues. The Obama Administration has instead chosen to maintain a failing status quo and block necessary reforms."
Congressman Kingston sent a letter to Georgia legislators supporting their efforts in March. The letter also highlighted similar federal legislation, the EQUIP Act Kingston introduced the EQUIP Act to encourage job seeking and the satisfaction that comes from an honest day's work while avoiding the pitfalls of drug abuse and addiction. The EQUIP Act would require all individuals applying for unemployment compensation to complete a drug screening assessment form approved by the National Institutes of Health. By requiring accountability of those on assistance we can ensure a positive outcome for the unemployed, their family and friends, and the American taxpayer.
Congressman Kingston is the chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and a past chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.