1979 Scorecard Vote
H.R. 4389. Labor-HEW Appropriations bill for FY 1980. The vote is on the Symms amendment to reduce the appropriations for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration by $10.3 million. This cut would have greatly curtailed on site consultation and educational grants to help employers comply with the law. This is part of the agency's effort to make its regulations less burdensome for small business and to focus on serious health problems. An estimated 50 million workers are still exposed to toxic substances in the workplace. Both environmentalists and the Carter Administration lobbied against this amendment. Rejected 177-240. June 27, 1979. No is the correct vote.