The U.S. House of Representatives passed on June 19, 2019, a so-called “minibus” budget appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020 that would increase the budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The bill passed by a 226-203 vote.
The new bill sets OSHA’s budget at $660,908,000, which is about $103 million more than the Trump administration’s proposed budget released in March. OSHA’s budget was $557.2 million in FY2019, according to Safety and Health Magazine.
The bill specifies a few ways in which this budget can be spent:
- $12.69 million is available for Susan Harwood training grants
- A maximum of $3.5 million for Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
- A maximum of $123.23 million available for grants to states
The bill also outlines funding for NIOSH ($346.3 million) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration ($417.3 million), which would both be increases compared to their respective FY 2019 budgets.
The magazine also reports that while the bill passed the House, it is unlikely to pass the U.S. Senate.
“The Senate may craft its own funding bill or try to resolve any differences with the House bill in a conference committee,” according to the publication.