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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Despite U.S. Senator Patty Murray's (D-Wash) continued efforts to protect America's workers from the health and economic costs of ergonomic injuries, the U.S. Senate tonight voted 56-44 to eliminate ergonomic standards in the workplace.

For the past 10 years, the U.S. Department of Labor has worked to develop a regulation to protect workers from crippling ergonomic injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders. In November 2000, the Labor Department finally issued an ergonomics standard, which became effective on January 16, 2001.

Today, some members of the U.S. Senate tried to eliminate the ergonomics standard by using the Congressional Review Act in a way it has never been used before. Opponents of the ergonomics standard used the Act, with just 10 hours of floor debate, to permanently invalidate a rule that took 10 years to craft. Sen. Murray supported the ergonomics standard by voting against the resolution of disapproval.

Tomorrow, the resolution is expected to be voted on in the House of Represenatatives.

Murray has been a long-standing supporter of ergonomic protections. Last year, she opposed efforts to delay the rule's implementation, and she fought against amendments that would have banned funds from being used to implement the ergonomics standard.