From Rick Woldenberg’s “CPSIA – Comments & Observations” blog, “CPSIA – Time to Write Mr. Waxman et. al.“:
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, September 10 at 10:00 AM. The hearing is entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission Oversight: Current Issues and a Vision for the Future.” The Subcommittee inexplicably is planning to call exactly ONE witness, CPSC Chairman Tenenbaum, to discuss the CPSIA.
I disagree with the Subcommittee on this decision. The business community (particularly Small Business) raised many legitimate and serious objections to this law and its implementation. To exclude the business community from this hearing is to distort the truth and to keep inconvenient views off the record. It’s wrong.
Agreed. On the other hand, it does provide an opportunity for Chairman Tenenbaum to demonstrate leadership by calling for specific changes in the law. We suggest she use the March 20 letter from the CPSC senior staff — transmitted by then-Chairman Nord to Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) — as the basis for recommending reform legislation.
UPDATE (11:45 a.m.): The Handmade Toy Alliance has sent a letter to committee members asking to be heard.
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