Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


Pelosi Opposes Drastic Measures to Repeal Workplace Safety Protections

March 7, 2000

WASHINGTON –Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a senior member of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee and a strong advocate for ergonomics workplace protections, called a press conference today to oppose the repeal of the ergonomics standard which protects millions of working men and women.

"It is sad and destructive that the first time the Congressional Review Act is used it would take away a public health and safety protection. The Republican Leadership is using a parliamentary tactic to kill worker protections that are proven to be effective. This disapproval resolution is simply another attempt to delay endlessly and to block implementation of critical ergonomic workplace guidelines," Pelosi said.

"It has been estimated that OSHA’s ergonomics standard will prevent 4.6 million injuries over the next decade and will save employers and workers $9 billion each year. If people have concerns with specific aspects of the regulation, they should try to work them out with the Administration in a responsible way using normal regulatory procedures that allow for full public comment and a decision based on the evidence," Pelosi said.

Rep. Pelosi was joined at the press conference by Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO), Education Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Major Owens (D-NY), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

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