The House votes to give an urgently needed but shamefully toothless agency another kick in the mouth:

The House voted Tuesday to make employer-friendly changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including adding two members to a violations review commission, increasing its power, extending deadlines for companies to challenge citations and allowing more of them to recoup lawyers’ fees. Republicans said the four bills would enhance OSHA’s oversight of employers and improve the regulatory process. Democrats said the legislation was an election-year gift to big business, intended to weaken regulation that ultimately would hurt workers.

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