By Ben James (February 2, 2015, 4:21 PM EST) -- The 2016 budget proposal unveiled on Monday calls for $13.2 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Labor, including $1.9 billion for the DOL's worker protection agencies, up 12 percent from the $11.8 billion sum the Obama administration sought for the departement in its 2015 proposed budget.
With respect to the DOL, the $3.99 trillion budget aims to enhance enforcement, as well as worker safety and whistleblower protections, and proposes strengthening civil monetary penalties that the agency collects, according to the White House. Last year's proposal asked for $1.4 billion less for the DOL.
"The budget includes nearly $1.9...
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