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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, including a budget increase of more than $100 million for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The package — passed on a 226-203 vote — consists of four bills to fund the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State and Energy from Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020.
The package includes $661 million for OSHA — an increase of $103 million above the 2019 enacted level and the president’s budget request, according to a bill summary.
The bill also increases funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health by $10 million to $346 million.
The House adopted an amendment to the appropriations package introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., that prohibits OSHA from using funds appropriated in the bill to finalize or implement a proposed rule to “weaken health protections” in OSHA’s existing beryllium standards that cover construction and maritime workers on a 241-181 vote.
The full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has not scheduled a hearing on this set of appropriations, according to its website.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing certain provisions of its beryllium rule on Friday, but plans to delay enforcement of certain ancillary provisions of its general industry standard until Dec. 12.