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Senate Proceeding on Jun 9th, 2011 :: 6:56:55 to 6:59:35
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Patty Murray

6:56:54 to 6:57:14( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: act of 1970, or the osha act. since that groundbreaking law was passed over 40 years ago, we know american industry has changed significantly. businesses and workplaces have become much more complex. workers are performing 21st century tasks, but the government is still using a 1970

Patty Murray

6:56:55 to 6:59:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patty Murray

Patty Murray

6:57:15 to 6:57:35( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: approach to regulations to protect employees. it doesn't make sense. it needs to change. we need to update the way we as a country think about our worker safety regulations, and this law is a very important step in that direction. this is not about adding more regulations. it's about having smarter regulations.

Patty Murray

6:57:36 to 6:57:56( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: it's about having regulations that protect workers and makes sense for business. madam president, the protecting america's workers act makes a number of key improvements to the osh act. i want to highlight just a few. first of all, it increases protections for workers who blow the whistle on unsafe working conditions.

Patty Murray

6:57:57 to 6:58:19( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: you know, protecting workers who tell the truth is just common sense. in fact, in other modern laws like the consumer product safety improvement act or the food safety modernization act, they do exactly that. but since the osh act has not been updated, the vast majority of workers today don't have similar protections. the important part of my bill

Patty Murray

6:58:20 to 6:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: would make sure that a whistle blower's right to protection from retaliation cannot be waived through collective bargaining agreements. and they have the option to appeal to the federal courts if they feel that they're being mistreated for telling the truth about dangerous practices. the protecting america's worker act also improves reporting, inspection, and other

Patty Murray

6:58:42 to 6:59:02( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: enforcement of workplace health and safety violations. it expands the rights of victims and make shaours employers who -- makes sure employer who oversee workplace violations -- this is a good bill. i'm proud to have a number of cosponsors here in the senate as well as the support of many

Patty Murray

6:59:03 to 6:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: prominent national groups in our efforts to improve workplace safety. you know, nothing can bring back the workers we lost in communities like anacortes, but we certainly owe it to them to make sure that workers everywhere are truly protected on the job. so i urge my colleagues to support the protecting america's workers act and to keep working

Patty Murray

6:59:24 to 6:59:35( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: with us to make workplaces safer and healthier across america. thank you, madam president. i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from texas is recognized.

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