WASHINGTON (July 5)—By a narrowly partisan, 52-43 vote, the Senate passed a Labor Department appropriations bill which includes a provision forbidding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from using any of its fiscal year 2001 funding to promulgate its ergonomics standard. With the House Labor bill, which passed earlier in June, also containing an anti-ergonomics section, this means the provision will remain in whatever legislative package comes out of House-Senate conference. Rubber manufacturers and tire dealers support any measure to block issuance of the ergonomics proposal, but labor unions insist the rule is necessary to protect worker health. President Clinton has vowed to veto any bill that contains the anti-ergonomics measure.
Senate passes anti-ergonomics measure; Clinton vows veto
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