CPSIA Update: Rockefeller Sets Tenenbaum Confirmation Hearing

By June 9, 2009General

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today announced the nomination hearing for Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It’s next Tuesday. Here’s the advisory:

HEARING ADVISORY:
NOMINATION HEARING

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the following full committee hearing:

Nomination Hearing
Full Committee
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Hearing Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Press Pre-Set Time: 9:45 a.m.
Location: Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building

Nominee:

Inez M. Tenenbaum, to Chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Tenenbaum on May 5, so things are moving quite quickly by the usual standards. A good thing.

The confirmation hearing for Robert S. Adler, another Democratic nominee for an expanded, five-member CPSC, will presumably wait until the Republicans and White House agree on a candidate. A five-member committee will have three Democrats, two Republicans.

We’ll try to think of some respectful questions that would be good to pose of the nominee, i.e., not gotchas. Here’s one:

In light of the uproar from small businesses, thrift stores, libraries, manufacturers, outdoor recreation groups, the writing instrument industry, textile industry, and makers of handcrafted toys, should Congress update the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act to ease its economic impact while maintaining strict safety standards for children’s products?

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