From: The Honorable Mark Takano
Please Join Letter to Support OSHA’s Budget
DEADLINE: COB, Monday, April 3
Current Cosigners (42): Boyle, Butterfield, Cardenás, Cohen, Conyers, Susan Davis, DeSaulnier, Espaillat, Garamendi, Grijalva, Hastings, Higgins, Hank Johnson, Krishnamoorthi, Levin, Lewis, Lipinski, Lujan Grisham,
McEachin, Moulton, Napolitano, Nolan, Norcross, Norton, Pallone, Payne, Pocan, Polis, Rice, Sablan, Sánchez, Schakowsky, Bobby Scott, Shea-Porter, Adam Smith, Soto, Watson Coleman Frederica Wilson
We invite you to sign the attached letter urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education to include, at a minimum, $573.8 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Each year the National Safety Council estimates 4.4 million workers suffer an injury serious enough to take them away from their normal daily work responsibilities. Daily, about 12,000 U.S. workers sustain injuries on the job that require the attention of
a medical professional, 13 workers die from an unintentional injury suffered at work, and 145 workers die from work-related diseases. This burden costs industry and citizens an estimated $4.8 billion per week. As the main federal agency charged with workplace
health and safety issues, OSHA is responsible for addressing this need.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA is responsible for ensuring safe and healthy working conditions for men and women in the United States through compliance assistance to employers, the timely promulgation of regulations to protect
America’s workers, and enforcement actions against companies that fail to comply with OSHA standards. Current funding levels only provide funding for federal OSHA to inspect each workplace in its jurisdiction on average once every 145 years.
Join us in supporting the funding level of $573.8 million for OSHA in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, a level which will allow OSHA to maintain its current level of enforcement. Please contact Amanda Eaton (Amanda.Eaton@mail.house.gov)
in the office of Representative Mark Takano at x52305 or Beata Fogarasi (Beata.Fogarasi@mail.house.gov) in the office of Rep. Joe Courtney at x52076, or Christine Godinez (Christine.Godinez@mail.house.gov)
with the Committee on Education and the Workforce at x53725, with any questions or to become a cosigner.
Mark Takano Joe Courtney
Ranking Member Member of Congress
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections