Keep Cool with Congress: Know Your Issue

By November 7, 2007General

Appearing before Congress can be a pressure cooker affair. But Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers President Joseph McGuire, who testified Tuesday about a House consumer product safety bill on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers, knows how to stay cool.

McGuire’s strategy is simple. Know your issue front and back.

“We have been following the Congressional developments very closely for weeks, so he is very comfortable with the subject,” McGuire’s spokesperson Jill Notini said a few hours after the hearing.

The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee heard testimony on H.R. 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act of 2007. This is the second time McGuire has represented NAM on this issue. He testified before the Senate last month. (Testimony here.)

McGuire said NAM supports boosting federal funding of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“In fact, we may be the only industry group to lobby the appropriation committees for agency funding, none of which will be spent on or granted to our members,” McGuire said in his testimony, which is available here as a .pdf file.

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