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April 16, 2018

‘Laws matter’: Acosta seeks budget increase for DOL enforcement activity

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Washington — While President Donald Trump is seeking another sizable cut to the Department of Labor’s budget, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta is attempting to boost enforcement funding in certain agencies, including OSHA.

During an April 12 hearing convened by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Acosta said that “laws matter. They have been passed by Congress. They are the laws of the land, and they need to be enforced. The men and women at the Department of Labor need the resources to enforce them.”

President Trump has proposed a $1.1 billion cut to DOL for fiscal year 2019, allocating $10.9 billion. The administration had allocated $9.7 billion for DOL in FY 2018 – a $2.4 billion cut – but the omnibus funding bill passed on March 23 allotted the department about $12.2 billion.

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