Senate Bill Would Boost OSHA Funding, Direct New Hiring (1)

Oct. 18, 2021, 9:41 PMUpdated: Oct. 18, 2021, 10:47 PM

A Senate spending bill released Monday would provide the U.S. Labor Department’s workplace safety agency with an extra $74.1 million, and appropriators called for the agency to use the rise to hire 200 additional workers for enforcement activities.

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposal would increase Labor Department discretionary funding for fiscal year 2022 to $13.8 billion, $1.3 billion over the current level. That’s roughly $900 million less than the House’s proposal, of $14.7 billion, and $400 million below what President Joe Biden requested in his first budget recommendation.

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