September 28, 1998
The Administration has deep respect for the cultural and religious
traditions of the Amish and similar communities, and recognizes the
well-intentioned efforts of the bill's sponsors to accommodate these
traditions. The Administration, however, has serious concerns that H.R.
4257 could: (1) expose young workers to sawmills and other hazardous
workplace conditions in the wood processing industry, with an occupational
fatality rate five times higher than the national private-industry average;
and (2) run afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
H.R. 4257 would reduce receipts; therefore, it is subject to the pay-as-you-go requirement of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. The Office of Management and Budget's preliminary scoring estimate is that the net reduction would be insignificant.