CPSIA Update: New Bill Introduced to Provide Breathing Room

By April 1, 2009Regulations

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, spoke today at the Amend the CPSIA Rally on Capitol Hill and cited a bill introduced Tuesday to make “technical corrections” — his term — to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

The bill is H.R. 1815. Barton explained at the rally:

It gives the CPSC the flexibility to grant some exception for small businesses and children’s books and things like this, for certain products that have a small amount of lead in them. It doesn’t change the lead standard. It doesn’t change the phthalate standard….It just gives flexibility to the commision and in certain cases it clarifies definitions.

So this is not, “We’re stepping away from children’s safety or we’re trying to gut the act” or anything like that. It is purely on point to what you’re here in Washington D.C. about today.

I’m going to try to get Chairman Waxman and subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush to hold a hearing on the bill, to let poeple like yourself come in and testify (applause), and I’m very confident that is going to happen.

Barton then explained in a very fact-of-the-matter way that the Democratic majority had more votes, and “for us to succeed, we can’t throw brickbats.” The Democrats, too, want to do what’s right, he observed.

We don’t want this to be a partisan issue. We want this to be what’s right and wrong — what’s good for America, good for your businesses, good for our children, good for the safety of America. And if we frame it that way, we’ll get this done, and we should be able to get it done this year.

The .mp3 soundfile of his remarks, about 5:30: barton-at-cpsia-rally

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