Fiscally responsible reforms for students, workers and retirees.
Committee Republicans have long promoted legislation and policies to improve workplace safety and reduce workplace injuries and illness. In particular, Republican efforts in recent years have focused on strengthening mine safety laws.
Following the January 2006 tragedy at the Sago, West Virginia mine, Committee Republicans launched an unprecedented series of hearings and briefings on the state of U.S. mine health and safety. That series pointed to a clear need for better communications technology, modernized safety practices inside our nation’s mines, and strengthening the enforcement of mine safety laws already on the books. Because of those thorough hearings and briefings, Congress has taken major steps toward modernizing mine health and safety laws for the first time in a generation.
In addition, Republicans know that many smaller worksites can make significant progress in reducing injuries and illnesses if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lends a helping hand to these employers. In recent years, OSHA has made significant efforts to supplement traditional enforcement with cooperative partnerships, and House Republicans have supported legislation to ensure OSHA enforcement efforts are fair for small businesses that make good faith efforts to comply with all health and safety laws.
In the 111th Congress, Committee Republicans will continue to move forward with common-sense reforms to improve worker safety.
Talking Points: H.R. 2768, the S-MINER Act (January 14, 2008)
Don’t Take Shortcuts on Workplace Safety:
Vote NO on H.R. 5522 (April 30, 2008)
Growing Coalition Urges a NO Vote on H.R. 5522 (April 30, 2008)
McKeon Statement on S-MINER Act (H.R. 2768) (January 16, 2008)