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Congressional budget bill funds Harwood grants, Chemical Safety Board

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Washington — OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grants program will stay in place for another fiscal year after President Donald Trump signed the FY 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act on Dec. 27.

The outgoing Trump administration had sought to cut the program in each of its annual budget proposals, and for the first time in that span, this year’s Senate budget proposal had no money allocated for the grants.

The final bill, however, included almost $11.8 million for the Harwood program. Overall, OSHA received a $10 million budget increase to $591.8 million for FY 2021. Much of that increase comes from a $7 million bump for federal enforcement.

 

The Chemical Safety Board – one of the administration’s consistently proposed budget cuts – will receive $12 million, the same as in FY 2020. The Mine Safety and Health Administration also is receiving flat funding from the previous fiscal year, at $379.8 million.

The administration had sought to slash NIOSH’s budget by nearly $231.4 million. Instead, Congress gave the agency a $2.5 million budget increase to $345.3 million.

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