Washington: According to a recent poll conducted in US, over three-quarters of Americans like the idea of lawmakers peeing in a cup and submitting to random drug testing. Only seven percent oppose. Of the 78 percent who want members of Congress to be tested for drugs, sixty-two percent said they “strongly” favor such a measure. The same poll also found a strong majority favoring drug testing for welfare and unemployment recipients, 64 in favor and 18 percent opposed.
But lawmakers, particularly Republicans, aren’t exactly accepting of the idea of random drug testing for themselves even though they have passed laws on the state and federal level requiring the same for welfare, unemployment, and food stamp recipients.
In April 2013, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed into law a bill that required such testing, calling drug addiction a “scourge in Kansas.”
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed legislation to drug test food stamp recipients, while last year Congressional Republicans pushed testing for people on unemployment.
In light of the recent news about Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) getting busted for buying cocaine, it’s not surprising talk has turned to drug testing Congress, especially when peeing in a cup is rapidly becoming commonplace for the rest of us.