Do you ever have a moment where you see a headline and you just laugh? I had this moment today when I read the following headline:
Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers
It’s not always Republicans who want welfare recipients to be drug tested, (although recently we discussed Rick Scott, of Florida, who declared that it was time for mandatory drug testing and just happened to use his own company to do the drug testing) but this article happens to be about a Republican who planned to introduce a bill.
Rep. Jud McMillin, a Republican member of the Indiana General Assembly, took back his drug-testing bill after one of his helpful Democratic colleagues amended it ever so slightly.
The amendment was introduced by Rep. Ryan Dvorak, a Democrat.
”There was an amendment offered today that required drug testing for legislators as well and it passed, which led me to have to then withdraw the bill,” said Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), sponsor of the original welfare drug testing bill. ”I’ve only withdrawn it temporarily,” he told HuffPost, stressing he carefully crafted his original bill so that it could survive a legal challenge.
Many people are frustrated by the current welfare system and feel that it needs reform.
”After it passed, Rep. McMillin got pretty upset and pulled his bill,” Dvorak said. “If anything, I think it points out some of the hypocrisy. … If we’re going to impose standards on drug testing, then it should apply to everybody who receives government money.”
I should clarify how I feel about Rep. Dvorak’s statement “if we’re going to impose standards on drug testing, then it should apply to everybody who receives government money”. I love this sentiment, but Rep. Dvorak should realize that it’s not the government’s money. It’s our money.
Rep. Jud McMillin made the following statement:
“Give me the cup right now and I will be happy to take the test.”
I hope someone gave him the cup…