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Bush to sign repeal of work-safety rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to repeal brand new workplace safety regulations awaits President Bush's signature after an intense lobbying campaign that included assurances to lawmakers uneasy about voting against organized labor.

The measure, which would revoke ergonomics rules issued late in the Clinton administration, secured remarkably swift passage, propelled by business interests who criticized the cost and scope of the regulations and a desire by the congressional GOP leadership to give Bush his first legislative victory. The president has signaled he would sign the bill.

The House passed the legislation Wednesday night on a largely party line vote of 223-206, less than 24 hours after Senate passage.