FLOOR UPDATE – 5 – 6 VOTES – LAST VOTES

At approximately 11:25 - 11:30 a.m., the House will take the following votes:
  1. Byrne Amendment – Requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate a standard on workplace violence prevention for health care and social service workers, but unlike H.R. 1309, this substitute amendment has no deadline for issuance of a final rule, no requirement for enforceable interim protections, and eliminates the enforceability of anti-retaliation protections for workers who report incidents to their employer or government agencies.  Since OSHA can take up to 20 years to issue a final standard, and OSHA has taken no steps to develop a rule over the past 34 months, deadlines are necessary.  Without a time frame to compel rulemaking, this amendment is a formula for inaction and does nothing to protect workers – 15 minutes
  2. Harder Amendment – Ensures that nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit or prevent healthcare and social service workers covered under the bill from reporting violent incidents to appropriate law enforcement – 2 minutes
  3. Wexton Amendment – Ensures that nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit or diminish any protections in relevant federal, state or local law related to domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, and sexual assault – 2 minutes
  4. (IF REQUESTED) Delgado Amendment – Directs OSHA to prioritize providing technical assistance and advice to employers throughout the first year of the implementation Act to ensure businesses have the information needed for compliance – 2 minutes
    10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit
  5. Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 1309 – VOTE NO – 5 minutes
  6. Final Passage of H.R. 1309 – Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (Rep. Courtney – Education and Labor) – VOTE YES – 5 minutes
These are the last votes for the week

If you have any questions please contact: Shuwanza Goff, Ray Salazar, or Deborah Rowe at 5-3130.