CPSIA Update: A Hearing on the Law! (Tangentially, Sort of)

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, has scheduled a hearing on the Consumer Product Safety Commission for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 25th, in 2220 Rayburn House Office Building. (See the latest Congressional Record Daily Digest for the list of committee hearings.)

The omnibus FY2009 appropriations bill just signed into law substantially increased funding for the agency to $105.4 million, including $17.1 million for new responsibilities and requirements set by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. (See earlier Shopfloor.org post.)

So although an appropriations committee is not a policymaking committee (usually…sometimes…ha, ha), members of the subcommittee could certainly justify sharp questioning of CPSC staff in terms of the law’s enforcement. (Although the real sharp questioning should be directed toward Congressional leaders who have failed to address the bill’s harm.) We suggest something along the lines of: Is it true this law has forced libraries and bookstores to discard children’s books, forced ATVs off the market, imposed huge additional costs on manufacturers and consumers, even caused home-based jewelry and clothes makers to close and damaged thrift stores? How much more money will the CPSC to continue this aggressive enforcement on behalf of “consumer groups?”

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