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New DOL budget includes millions of dollars devoted to worker health and safety

Although some items were financially cut, the budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 that was presented to Congress on February 13, 2012, includes millions of dollars to improve the health and safety of U.S. workers.

The proposed budget includes $16.9 million that will be used to reduce a large case backlog at the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC). The Department of Labor (DOL), which submitted the budget, requested a total of $12 billion in discretionary funding to run programs including education and employment efforts that help veterans transition into civilian jobs, and job retention and training programs for the unemployed, disadvantaged youths, vulnerable communities, and dislocated workers.

"The Labor Department's fiscal year 2013 budget request reflects our commitment to supporting an American economy that's built to last," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Our budget request focuses on programs that will help keep America's workforce strong and innovative, while providing needed worker protections."

As more Americans complete these programs and enter the workforce, training and the appropriate safety products, such as hard hats, safety glasses, and work gloves will help ensure their health and safety.