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Bush signs repeal of workplace safety rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush on Tuesday signed a repeal of new workplace safety regulations, saying they posed ”overwhelming compliance challenges” for businesses.

The measure, revoking rules issued late in the Clinton administration, was the first substantive policy that Bush signed into law.

The rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were aimed at preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and other health problems associated with repetitive motion, awkward postures, contact stress and the like. If such injuries were reported, adjustments to work stations would have been required.

Businesses, which were given until October to comply, said the required changes would cost them as much as $100 billion a year.

Bush has asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to devise a cheaper way of addressing workplace safety.

The president signed the bill in the Roosevelt Room with only a few spectators on hand.

”There needs to be a balance between and an understanding of the costs and benefits associated with federal regulations,” Bush said in a statement. ”The ergonomics rule would have cost both large and small employers billions of dollars and presented employers with overwhelming compliance challenges.”

Earlier Tuesday, Bush told women business leaders he was signing the legislation because it represented change ”that I believe is positive.”

”The rule would have applied a bureaucratic one-size-fits-all solution to a broad range of employers and workers – not good government at work,” Bush said.

He held the legislation up as a victory for himself and the Republican-controlled Congress. Last week, in his first Rose Garden signing ceremony, Bush put his signature on a bill naming a Boston courthouse for retiring Rep. Joe Moakley, D-Mass.

”The Congress is beginning to get a sense of accomplishment. There is a culture of accomplishment in Washington,” Bush said Tuesday.

”There’s a bankruptcy bill that’s working its way through the House and the Senate. … There are some positive developments. Things are getting done. And that’s important and that will be a little change from the way people have viewed Washington in the past.”

The House and Senate have each passed bills making it more difficult for people to erase their debts in bankruptcy courts and must next reconcile their different versions before sending the legislation to Bush.

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