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OSHA Funding During Pandemic Would Be Cut Under Senate Bill (2)

Nov. 10, 2020, 5:46 PMUpdated: Nov. 10, 2020, 9:16 PM

The Republican-led Senate Appropriations Committee proposed an $11.5 million spending cut to the federal agency primarily responsible for protecting workers from the coronavirus.

The panel’s spending bill covering the Labor Department, unveiled Tuesday, would set the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s funding at $570.3 million for fiscal 2021, nearly $23.5 million less than what House Democrats called for in a bill (H.R. 7617) that passed that chamber in July.

The Senate committee released a package of $1.4 trillion in proposals spread across all 12 spending bills. It amounted to Senate Republicans’ opening bid in coming talks to hammer ...