Last night, the Barton Amendment to the Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill was defeated by a vote of 181-249. All the Democrats, along with 19 Republicans, voted against the amendment. If it had been enacted, it would have resulted in a cut of more than 20% of NIOSH’s budget, and would have killed the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) program.

Thanks for this victory goes to the labor movement, which mobilized quickly to oppose the amendment, and to Rep. David Obey and his Appropriations Committee staff.