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By November 18, 2009Regulations

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is scheduled to vote today on President Obama’s nomination of David Michaels to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). Despite Michaels’ controversial writings on science, litigaton and the Second Amendment, Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) did not schedule a committee hearing on his nomination allowing for a public exploration of his views.

The business meeting starts at 10 a.m.

For previous posts on Michaels, go here.

UPDATE (10:10 a.m.): The first item on the committee’s schedule is mark-up of S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Sen. Harkin says he hopes to work through the bill by noon.

UPDATE (11:13 a.m.): With no discussion, the Committee passes out the nomination of Michaels to the Senate floor. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) voted no.

UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute revisits the many red flags in Michaels’ record. On the other hand, the American Public Health Association hails the committee action and urges quick confirmation by the full Senate.

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