A recent rash of product recalls made toy safety a big issue in the news as the holiday shopping season approached.
The recalls also prompted Congress to consider strengthening the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency charged with ensuring products sold in stores don’t hurt consumers, especially children.
This week on “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) will report on the status of legislation to increase funding and enact reforms at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Dingell is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is working on the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act.
“Pretty clear that with the imports of toys and goods and commodities from China, serious action has to be taken on this,” Dingell says.
“America’s Business” will explore two other issues important to manufacturing – opening new markets and climate change. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab will join Mike to talk about her recent trip to climate change talks in Bali and how these negotiations might impact global trade.
And Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), co-chairman of the Reliable Energy Caucus, will share his views on how energy legislation is shaping up in Congress.
On a lighter note “America’s Business” will take a look at popular gifts this holiday season. A Sony official will review some of that company’s hottest-selling electronic gadgets. Then “America’s Business” will go low-tech when it visits Whittle Shortline Railroad, a Missouri company that makes traditional wooden toys.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of America Justice Partnership gives us the heroes and villains of tort reform battles while the National Association of Manufacturers’ Hank Cox recalls the “The Way It Was.”
And the NAM President John Engler gives us “The Last Word” when he delivers a holiday message.
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