CPSIA Update: President Obama on Consumers and Priorities

By February 12, 2009Economy, Regulations

In signing the bill to allow television stations to delay their transition from analog to digital signals, President Obama issued a statement. (Our emphasis)

During these challenging economic times, the needs of American consumers are a top priority of my administration. This law, which was crafted in a bipartisan way and passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate, ensures that our citizens will have more time to prepare for the conversion. Millions of Americans, including those in our most vulnerable communities, would have been left in the dark if the conversion had gone on as planned, and this solution is an important step forward as we work to get the nation ready for digital TV. My administration will continue to work with leaders in Congress, broadcasters, consumer groups and the telecommunications industry to improve the information and assistance available to our citizens in advance of June 12.

The needs of American consumers are a top priority of my administration…

Does digital TV really rank that high during these challenging economic times? With respect, Mr. President, the calamity of the new lead and phthalate standards under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act does much more harm to consumers deprived of desired products, including many low-income people who  lose access to affordable coats and clothes, baby products, toys and children’s books. Not to mention all the home-based and small business owners, thrift stores, retailers and booksellers taking a tremendous economic hit.

Please press Congress for legislation to bring reason and regulatory sanity to the CPSIA.

For more, Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com

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