CPSIA Update: Anne Northup IS Nominated to CPSC

By August 4, 2009Regulations

Last week President Obama announced his intent to nominate former Kentucky Congresswoman Anne Northup to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, but as of 7 a.m. today there’s no indication on the White House webpage of the actually nomination having occurred. You can’t have a confirmation hearing without a nomination.

But it is, Page S8701of the Monday Congressional Record:

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
ANNE M. NORTHUP, OF KENTUCKY, TO BE A COMMISSIONER
OF THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY
COMMISSION FOR A TERM OF SEVEN YEARS FROM OCTOBER
27, 2004, VICE SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG, RESIGNED.

The Senate Commerce Committee’s confirmation hearing is set for Wednesday, 10 a.m. Also appearing is Robert Adler, a former top CPSC staffer. Given the economic damage wrought by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, it might be helpful for Senators to call on Adler’s expertise and ask whether the CPSC should be given more flexilibity to implement the law. But we doubt that happens.

It’s certainly possible that the committee will work quickly on these nominations, vote them out right after the hearing and have a Senate vote (or unanimous consent) to confirm them before Senators leave at the end of the week.

UPDATE (7:25 a.m.): Didn’t immediately note that Northup’s term will expire in October 2011. Adler’s seven-year term starts with October 27, 2007, meaning he has until 2014.

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