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Black Caucus says GOP 'at it again' with drug testing bill

The N.C. Legislative Black Caucus says Republicans lawmakers are "at it again."

Caucus Chairman Rep. Garland Pierce, a Wagram Democrat, is peeved about Senate Republicans approving a bill to "criminalize applicants" for the state's public assistance program, Work First, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

"The cruel tea party Republicans are creating bills that are unconstitutional and prevent our citizens from taking care of their families," he said in a statement announcing an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday. "Where are the jobs?"

The caucus has railed against the GOP leadership for approving bills that hurt low-income and minority residents, such as a bill to block Medicaid expansion and curtail unemployment benefits.

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