Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after introducing legislation, H.R. 1069, to reduce substance abuse among welfare recipients:
"Hard-working Americans are subjected to tests by employers ensuring abuses of controlled substances are minimized. To keep a job, employees have to stay clean. Eligibility for welfare benefits should be no different. This legislation simply requires all states to implement drug screening programs to prevent substance abuse. Discouraging illegal drug use among TANF welfare recipients better prepares them to return to work and hold good-paying jobs. Coupling this bill with the House Republicans' recent actions to maintain working requirements to receive TANF benefits, personal responsibility remains at the forefront of these policies. Rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in government will continue to be my primary goal."