Congress expresses its support for NIOSH

The U.S. Senate placed this wording in the report that accompanied the FY 2005 Omnibus Spending Bill:

The committee expects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that the ongoing CDC reorganization does not impede nor diminish the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) ability to meet its statutory responsibilities to protect the safety and health of America’s workers. The committee believes that NIOSH must have the stature necessary to work effectively with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services in the manner described by statute. Therefore, the committee directs the CDC to maintain the status quo with respect to the direct reporting relationship of the NIOSH director to the CDC director.