Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA's $4 Million Increase in FY 2008 Funding to Be Cut 1.74 Percent

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA's $4 Million Increase in FY 2008 Funding to Be Cut 1.74 Percent

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An omnibus appropriations bill that would provide OSHA with more than $490 million for the next fiscal year is nearing final passage, but an added budget cut made by the Senate could reduce that figure significantly.

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Aaron Trippler, government affairs director for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), analyzed the appropriations bill and said that OSHA is slated to receive nearly $495 million, which includes $10.1 million for the Susan Hardwood Training Grants.

The figures mean that OSHA would receive $4 million more for FY 2008 than President George W. Bush had originally requested. As Trippler pointed out: "It looks like OSHA comes out even better than expected." In November, Bush vetoed the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill, which originally designated $500.5 million to OSHA.

However, in a later email, Trippler stated that a House staffer informed him the Senate decided to add a "1.74 percent across-the-board cut on everything." This means OSHA would actually receive a total of $486 million, which is less than the $487 million the agency received in 2007 and the $490 million the president requested. …

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