Bipartisan House Passes Popcorn Workers Lung Legislation

By David Michaels

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By a vote of 260 to 154, the US House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2693, the Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act. This was not a pure party line vote - over the objections of the White House and the Chamber of Congress, 47 Republicans voted with the majority, and only 8 Democrats opposed the resolution. The vote demonstrates the widespread recognition that OSHA has failed to protect workers and Congress needs to step in to force the agency to do its job.

Our thanks go out to Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Lynn Woolsey, and the terrific Education and Labor Committee staff.

Please tell your Senators that the Senate needs to pass similar legislation. The Senate phone number is 202.224.3121.

Here's how they voted:

Republicans who voted for the legislation:

Gus Bilirakis (FL-9)
Roy Blunt (MO-7)
Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Steve Buyer (IN-4)
Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Jo Ann Emerson (MO-8 )
Phil English (PA-3)
Mike Ferguson (NJ-7)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Vito Fossella (NY-13)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Jim Gerlach (PA-6)
Wayne Gilchrest (MD-1)
David Hobson (OH-7)
Kenny Hulshof (MO-9)
Bob Inglis(SC-4)
Timothy V. Johnson (IL-15)
Walter B. Jones (NC-3)
Pete King (NY-3)
Mark Kirk (IL-10)
John R. âRandyâ Kuhl, Jr. (NY)
Ray LaHood (IL-18 )
Steven C. LaTourette (OH-14)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11)
John M. McHugh (NY-23)
Candice Miller (MI-10)
Tim Murphy (PA-18 )
Ted Poe (TX-2)
Jon Porter (NV-3)
Ralph Regula (OH-16)
David G. Reichert (WA-8 )
Rick Renzi (AZ-1)
Thomas M. Reynolds (NY-26)
Jim Saxton (NJ-3)
Christopher Shays (CT-4)
John Shimkus (IL-19)
Mike Simpson (ID-2)
Chris Smith (NJ-4)
Lee Terry (NE-2)
Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
Michael Turner (OH-3)
Fred Upton (MI-6)
Greg Walden (OR-2)
Jim Walsh (NY-25)
Jerry Weller (IL-11)
C.W. Bill Young (FL-10)

Democrats who voted NO:
Neil Abercrombie (HI-1)
Dan Boren (OK-2)
Allen Boyd (FL-2)
Robert E. âBudâ Cramer (AL-5)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28 )
Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
Jim Matheson (UT-2)
John Tanner (TN-8 )

Democrats voting present:
Dennis Cardoza (CA-18 )
Charlie Melancon (LA-3)

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