FY 2020: OSHA Budget Up, EPA Down

March 13, 2019

President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 (starts October 1, 2019) would increase OSHA’s budget, even as the Department of Labor is slated for substantial budget cuts. The president also has proposed significant budget cuts for EPA. The “Budget for a Better America” (BBA) also calls for the elimination of the Chemical Safety Board and OSHA training programs.

OSHA’s enforcement and safety and health statistics budgets would receive the largest funding boosts under BBA, with increases as well for whistleblower and compliance programs. At the same time, DOL’s budget would be slashed by 9.7 percent. For the third year in a row, BBA requests eliminating the Chemical Safety Board and the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to offset the budget increases.

Under the BBA, EPA’s budget would be cut to $6.1 billion. Comments from President Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler have focused on EPA’s funding to support efficiently its core mission to protect human health and the environment.

Although the president proposes budgets, the appropriation of funds for federal agencies rests with Congress, an arrangement that caused the government shutdown earlier this year over the border wall. Given Democrat control of the House, it is unlikely that Congress will fully enact the president’s proposed budget. When the GOP controlled both chambers, Congress gave EPA more money than requested by President Trump.