Sen. Patty Murray, D - Wash., reintroduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act (S. 1166) ADD LINK in the Senate, legislation that would permit tougher OSHA penalties, expand rights for injured workers’ families, and enhance whistleblower protections.
This legislation was introduced by House and Senate Democrats in the previous Congress; although Democrats then controlled both chambers, the legislation was not approved. Now that Republicans have a majority in the House, an OSHA bill that expands the agency’s enforcement powers faces an even more uncertain future.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif, ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, introduced companion legislation (H.R. 190) in the House Jan. 5. The bill has not left the subcommittee.
Sen. Murray chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. As of June 22, her bill had attracted nine co-sponsors – all of them Democrats.