â€œThere is almost no limit to the regulatory burdens imposed on employers every year," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) following the passage of the bills. "[Tuesday's] actions by the House improve worker safety and help enhance competitiveness for the small businesses that help create jobs here in America."
The legislation seeks to improve workplace safety through, what Norwood calls, the reforming of heavy-handed OSHA enforcement tactics against small businesses and improve working relationships between the federal agency and small businesses.
The four pieces of legislation are:
Opponents of the legislation argue the bills will weaken OSHA by making it easier for employers to challenge an OSHA citation, stacking the OSHA Review Commission with Bush appointees, and encouraging more litigation against OSHA.