Reports: ‘Build Back Better’ will raise price of OSHA violations by thousands of dollars

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about his proposed ‘Build Back Better’ social spending bill with Vice President Kamala Harris in the East Room of the White House on October 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day Biden met with House Democrats on Capitol Hill to share details of the $1.75 trillion package which does not include several progressive priorities that were dropped from the legislation during recent negotiations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 28: Joe Biden delivers remarks about his proposed ‘Build Back Better’ social spending bill with Vice President Kamala Harris in the East Room of the White House on October 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:12 PM PT – Friday, November 5, 2021

Republicans are sounding the alarm over increased OSHA penalties included in Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation.

Reports on Friday, indicated Democrats’ $1.7 trillion spending proposal would bring OSHA violation fines up to $70,000 and in some cases, $700,000. Earlier in the week, Biden unveiled an executive order forcing businesses with more than 100 employees to enforce vaccine mandates or face penalties.

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” said Biden. “While America is in much better shape than it was seven months ago when I took office, we’re in a tough stretch and it could last for a while.”

The deadline to get vaccinated has been changed to Jan. 4. Businesses will be required to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Currently, OSHA violations cost as much as $7,000. Additionally, the Build Back Better agenda would provide OSHA with upwards of $707 million to enforce its penalties.

Republicans warned the plan would only worsen an already tight labor market and could bankrupt some small businesses.

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