WASHINGTON (June 9)—By a 220-203 vote, the House has approved a measure which would bar the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from using any of its fiscal year 2001 funding to implement the ergonomics rule it plans to issue late this year. While support for the measure wasn´t enough to override a threatened veto by President Clinton, the message it sends the White House is loud and clear, according to Donald B. Shea, president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. "The proposed rule is ill-founded and would be catastrophic for many entities small and large," Shea said. But the United Steelworkers of America, a leading supporter of the ergonomics proposal, said the House reneged on a pledge it made to not attempt to block the rule´s implementation.
House votes to bar ergonomics funding
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