President Signs H.R. 4040, the CPSC Bill

By August 14, 2008Briefly Legal

From the White House:

President Bush Signs H.R. 4040, H.R. 4137, and H.R. 6432 Into Law

H.R. 4040, the “Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,” which reauthorizes the Consumer Product Safety Commission for FYs 2010-2014 and expands the Commission’s role in ensuring the safety of consumer products, especially those designed for children;

H.R. 4137, the “Higher Education Opportunity Act,” which reauthorizes and makes changes to higher education programs; and

H.R. 6432, the which reauthorizes through FY 2013 the Animal Drug User Fee Act and authorizes a new user fee program for animal generic drugs.

The report from ABC News is all about toy safety and children products provisions, which supporters of expanded regulation and litigation successfully used to frame the political debate. MarketWatch’s story is more descriptive and disinterested. We’re waiting for the first news release from advocates, something along the lines of “Group X Hails Progress, Demands More…”

UPDATE: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement emphasizes the children.

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