Today’s announcement that 36 bipartisan U.S. Senators have now joined the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is proof that compromise is still possible in the halls of the United States Congress and that Washington can still work for manufacturers and citizens across the country.
It’s past time for TSCA Reform, and this year—likely this summer—presents a far too infrequent opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation to vastly improve an outdated environmental statute. Manufacturers are ready for TSCA Reform.
We need a modern federal chemical regulatory system that fosters manufacturing innovation and future technological breakthroughs in areas like energy, sustainability, healthcare and countless others while ensuring the public and environment are protected. The bipartisan legislative proposals before both the Senate (the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act) and the House (the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015) would strengthen our federal chemical regulations while increasing regulatory certainty and removing barriers to economic growth. They would further protect the public while promoting investments, improving the flow of interstate commerce and appropriately protecting intellectual capital.
This is a win-win-win situation. A win for the public, who deserves safe and sustainable products that provide essential benefits to everyday life. A win for manufacturers, the nation’s job creators, who will have greater regulatory certainty to continue making better products while growing the economy. And a win for our government who far too often is caught up in partisan politics at the expense of passing policies that will make life better in this country.