CPSIA Update: Tenenbaum Confirmation Hearing Today

By June 16, 2009Regulations

The Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing at 10:30 a.m. on the nomination of Inez M. Tenenbaum to be chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The hearing will be broadcast on the Internet here. Or here, maybe.

Tenenbaum is an attorney, the former superintendent of public instruction in South Carolina, and a 2004 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. We’ll be interested to see if she comments on the economic and individual damage caused by the overreach of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. How impressive it would be to hear a clear statement along the lines of, “As chairman of the CPSC, I will push Congress to amend the law to provide relief to the many people and businesses and consumers harmed by the law, at the same time holding safety as my priority.”

That sort of statement happens about 2.4 percent of the time by presidential nominees in confirmation hearings.

SOP would be instead generally non-confrontational questions matched by safe and non-committal responses. We might hear a few exercised statements about Chinese dry wall from Senators, too.

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