Amendment Targeting OSHA Regulations Dies in Senate

Legislation that would require federal agencies to consider the cost new regulations impose on small businesses died in the Senate June 9 after failing to attract the 60 votes needed for approval.

 
The measure, called the Freedom from Restrictive Excessive Executive Demands and Onerous Mandates Act (S.A. 390) ADD LINK was offered by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R – Maine, as an amendment to the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011 (S. 782). It was defeated on a vote of 53-46.
 
The amendment is one of a number of proposals being considered by members of Congress to cut federal regulation of businesses. This measure would have required federal agencies to estimate a new rule’s economic impact on small businesses, including such specific factors as jobs lost and possible overlap with other federal regulations.

 

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