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CPSIA – Senate Dems Try to Line up Against Pompeo Amendment

Senator Jay Rockefeller issued a press release today to slam the Pompeo Amendment de-funding the CPSIA database. Mr. Rockefeller apparently feels that the legitimate concerns of American manufacturers and retailers pale against the need for consumers to make product judgments based on unfiltered hearsay, lies and nonsense:

“’This database will provide important safety information to American consumers,’ Chairman Rockefeller added. ‘A mother will be able to check the CPSC database to see if there are complaints about a crib model. A young couple will be able to see if a certain microwave has a history of safety complaints or if there are complaints about a coffee maker shorting and causing fires. I will fight this ill-informed proposal to undermine such an important consumer protection tool. It’s a bad idea and a bum deal for American consumers.’” [Emphasis added]

Consumers will also be able to decide to stop driving Toyotas because of accusations borne of driver error, or drop DryMax diapers over discredited claims of diaper rash.

True story – last year, stopped at a stop light, my car was gently rear-ended by an elderly lady driving a Toyota. As I approached her car after inspecting the minimal damage, she expressed “shock” at the accident and informed me that it was “sudden acceleration” just like in the newspapers. Who could see such a calamity coming? I noticed a little dog on her lap, jumping up and down, trying to get out of the window to sniff me. Let’s just say that I didn’t immediately side with her “explanation” of the accident. Nice doggy! That incident could have been reported under the current terms of the new database (were it a consumer product). Who would pay the price for that kind of baloney assertion? The manufacturer – with no defenses whatsoever.

Nothing surprises me anymore BUT Senator Rockefeller’s denials fly in the face of House testimony given on February 17th, not to mention the outpouring of testimony, data and legitimate procedural complaints by industry. In the hearing on the 17th, Inez Tenenbaum ADMITTED that the agency will be posting information that may be inaccurate or false. To quote Ms. Tenenbaum, “that’s what the rub is”.

I cannot overstate how frustrating it is (remains) to see Democrats stick to the script notwithstanding data and testimony that directly undercuts their position (and their credibility). Either they think we are morons, or else they must believe the government is something SEPARATE AND ABOVE the people. President Lincoln took a different view, stating in the Gettysburg Address:

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

It is hard for me to believe Mr. Rockefeller believes what Mr. Lincoln instructed on that day. The testimony on the database is not a farce, and our concerns are legitimate. If the concerns for consumers are actually so urgent, why not hit the “pause button” to fix the issues affecting those of us stubbornly trying to provide jobs in this country? Talk to the Pompeo staff – they want to FIX the database, not kill it. Is it really necessary to trash the economy out of pure stubbornness?

The time to genuflect to the holy CPSIA and its misguided almost-unanimous passage through Congress is OVER. Senator Rockefeller, please pay attention to the legitimate needs of those who provide JOBS to your constituents and de-fund the CPSIA database until it can be fixed. You represent the many millions of people who are still working in this country, too. It’s time to remember EVERYBODY’S interest in this matter, not just the left edge of the left wing.

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CPSIA – Senate Dems Try to Line up Against Pompeo Amendment

CPSIA – Senate Dems Try to Line up Against Pompeo Amendment

Senator Jay Rockefeller issued a press release today to slam the Pompeo Amendment de-funding the CPSIA database. Mr. Rockefeller apparently feels that the legitimate concerns of American manufacturers and retailers pale against the need for consumers to make product judgments based on unfiltered hearsay, lies and nonsense:

“’This database will provide important safety information to American consumers,’ Chairman Rockefeller added. ‘A mother will be able to check the CPSC database to see if there are complaints about a crib model. A young couple will be able to see if a certain microwave has a history of safety complaints or if there are complaints about a coffee maker shorting and causing fires. I will fight this ill-informed proposal to undermine such an important consumer protection tool. It’s a bad idea and a bum deal for American consumers.’” [Emphasis added]

Consumers will also be able to decide to stop driving Toyotas because of accusations borne of driver error, or drop DryMax diapers over discredited claims of diaper rash.

True story – last year, stopped at a stop light, my car was gently rear-ended by an elderly lady driving a Toyota. As I approached her car after inspecting the minimal damage, she expressed “shock” at the accident and informed me that it was “sudden acceleration” just like in the newspapers. Who could see such a calamity coming? I noticed a little dog on her lap, jumping up and down, trying to get out of the window to sniff me. Let’s just say that I didn’t immediately side with her “explanation” of the accident. Nice doggy! That incident could have been reported under the current terms of the new database (were it a consumer product). Who would pay the price for that kind of baloney assertion? The manufacturer – with no defenses whatsoever.

Nothing surprises me anymore BUT Senator Rockefeller’s denials fly in the face of House testimony given on February 17th, not to mention the outpouring of testimony, data and legitimate procedural complaints by industry. In the hearing on the 17th, Inez Tenenbaum ADMITTED that the agency will be posting information that may be inaccurate or false. To quote Ms. Tenenbaum, “that’s what the rub is”.

I cannot overstate how frustrating it is (remains) to see Democrats stick to the script notwithstanding data and testimony that directly undercuts their position (and their credibility). Either they think we are morons, or else they must believe the government is something SEPARATE AND ABOVE the people. President Lincoln took a different view, stating in the Gettysburg Address:

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

It is hard for me to believe Mr. Rockefeller believes what Mr. Lincoln instructed on that day. The testimony on the database is not a farce, and our concerns are legitimate. If the concerns for consumers are actually so urgent, why not hit the “pause button” to fix the issues affecting those of us stubbornly trying to provide jobs in this country? Talk to the Pompeo staff – they want to FIX the database, not kill it. Is it really necessary to trash the economy out of pure stubbornness?

The time to genuflect to the holy CPSIA and its misguided almost-unanimous passage through Congress is OVER. Senator Rockefeller, please pay attention to the legitimate needs of those who provide JOBS to your constituents and de-fund the CPSIA database until it can be fixed. You represent the many millions of people who are still working in this country, too. It’s time to remember EVERYBODY’S interest in this matter, not just the left edge of the left wing.

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CPSIA – Senate Dems Try to Line up Against Pompeo Amendment

Blowback on Lead Limits

May 15, 2009 by Dawn  
Filed under Featured Articles, In the News

Industries say that new rules to protect children’s products go too far. Are babies really likely to eat bicycles?

Click here to read entire article by Lobbying & Law.

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Toy testing rules ‘overwhelming’ to small businesses

May 14, 2009 by Dawn  
Filed under Featured Articles, In the News

The MetroWest Daily News
Posted May 14, 2009 @ 10:00 AM

Toy importer Rob Wilson’s company sometimes sells wooden children’s puzzles, but he hasn’t ordered one since last November.

Wilson, vice president of Challenge and Fun in Ashland, said new federal rules that require testing of children’s products could force him to spend more than he can afford to check for lead in paint used on the games.

Along with other small toy manufacturers, shop owners and distributors, Wilson has been calling for changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act since Congress passed it last year.  Click here to read more…

Tracking Label Enforcement

CPSC COMMISSIONER MOORE VOTES TO PREVENT

STAY OF ENFORCEMENT ON TRACKING LABELS

* * News from The Alliance for Children’s Product Safety * * *

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2009

Contact: Ashley Hutto, (202) 828-7637, ashley.hutto@bgllp.com

The Commissioners of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) split their vote today on a request by the National Association of Manufacturers for an emergency stay of enforcement of the tracking label requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This marked the first time that there was not a unanimous vote by the Commissioners on a CPSIA-related matter. The tie vote means that no stay will be granted and the tracking label requirement will go into effect as scheduled in August 2009. Acting Chair Nancy Nord voted to grant the stay request and Commissioner Thomas Moore voted to deny it.

Rick Woldenberg, Chairman of the Alliance for Children’s Product Safety, issued the following statement in response to the vote:

“We are deeply disappointed in Commissioner’s Moore vote to deny the petition. His vote will result in more chaos for manufacturers and retailers from this law particularly for small businesses  who are already reeling from a difficult recession. The leaders of Congress should take note that Acting Chair Nord, in voting to approve the petition, showed the flexibility and leadership that had been urged in letters by Senator Mark Pryor (Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs) and other Members of Congress. It is time for these same Members of Congress to urge Commissioner Moore to do the same.

Because of a deluge of conflicting priorities caused by the CPSIA, the CPSC has yet to issue rules for implementing the label requirement that will take effect in three months, leaving little time for manufacturers to prepare. Even when the new rules are released, tracking labels will create practical problems for small businesses. Processing labels is expensive and adds significantly to the complexity of small production runs. In addition, some products have more than one source or are assembled from components made at different times. Small businesses are throwing up their hands over this new burden.

It is time for Congress to fix this law, which has caused massive economic damage because of its overly broad definition of children’s products, its unrealistic deadlines and its retroactive bans on the sale of existing inventory.”

The Alliance for Children’s Product Safety is a coalition of small business owners, manufacturers, crafters and entrepreneurs who are impacted by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. To view the Alliance’s Capitol Hill rally that took place April 1, 2009, visit www.AmendTheCPSIA.com. For more information, please contact Ashley Hutto at (202) 828-7637.

President Obama Fills New CPSC Posts

May 5, 2009 by Dawn  
Filed under Featured Articles, In the News

Announces expansion of CPSC leadership;
Agency will receive 71 percent more funding than in FY2007

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Inez Moore Tenenbaum as Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Robert S. Adler as a new Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Furthermore, in the President’s budget, the CPSC receives $107 million, a 71 percent increase in resources since FY 2007. This is almost three quarters of the way to meeting the President’s goal of doubling CPSC’s funding.

President Obama believes strongly in the mission of the Consumer Product Safety Commission: to protect the public, especially children, from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from consumer products, including children’s products such as toys and strollers. For over fifteen years, CPSC has operated with only three Commissioners. To revitalize the agency, President Obama is going to expand the Commission later this summer, to include five Commissioners at CPSC. If confirmed, Robert Adler would fill one of these new posts. The addition of extra Commissioners is tangible evidence of President Obama’s commitment to restoring the health of the agency, and will ensure opportunity for additional viewpoints to be expressed at the top of the agency.

President Obama said, “It is a top priority of my administration to ensure that the products the American people depend on are safe. We must do more to protect the American public – especially our nation’s children – from being harmed by unsafe products. I am confident that Inez and Bob have the commitment and expertise necessary to fill these roles and raise the standard of safety. To ensure these goals are met, I will also increase the number of Commissioners at the CPSC. I am confident this new leadership at the CPSC will revitalize the agency and achieve the high standard of product safety that the American people deserve.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals today:

Inez Moore Tenenbaum, Nominee for Chair, Consumer Product Safety Commission

Inez Moore Tenenbaum was elected South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education in 1998 and completed her second term in 2007. Throughout her career, Tenenbaum has been an energetic and determined advocate for children and families and has extensive experience in administrative and regulatory matters. During her tenure as South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education, student achievement in South Carolina improved at the fastest rate in the nation, with scores increasing on every state, national, and international tests administered. At the end of Tenenbaum’s tenure, the prestigious journal Education Week ranked South Carolina number one in the country for the quality of its academic standards, assessment, and accountability systems. Tenenbaum also ran as the Democratic candidate for retiring Democrat Fritz Hollings’ seat in the U.S. Senate in 2004. She previously practiced health, environmental, and public interest law with the firm Sinkler & Boyd. Before attending law school, Tenenbaum served as the director of research for the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives. She carried out the Committee’s responsibilities for all legislation relating to public health, the environment, child welfare, social services, adult and juvenile corrections, state military affairs, and local government. Tenenbaum has also served on numerous task forces that provide oversight on children and family services in the state. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Georgia and her law degree from the University of South Carolina. Tenenbaum is the recipient of several honorary degrees and has been recognized by numerous state and community organizations for her civic work on behalf of children and families. She currently serves as special counsel to the McNair Law Firm in the area of public school finance.

Robert S. Adler, Nominee for Commissioner, Consumer Product Safety Commission

Robert S. Adler has a breadth of experience in consumer product safety issues and an extensive knowledge of the CPSC. He is currently a Professor of Legal Studies at the University of North Carolina and the Luther H. Hodges, Jr. Scholar in Law & Ethics at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He has served as the Associate Dean of the MBA Program and as Associate Dean for the School’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program. A recipient of teaching awards both within the business school and university-wide, Adler’s research and teaching focus on consumer protection, product liability, ethics, regulation and negotiation. Before joining the UNC faculty, Adler served as Counsel on the Committee on Energy and Commerce where he advised on CPSC legislative and oversight issues under the leadership of Henry Waxman. Prior to that, he spent eleven years (from 1973-1984) as an attorney-advisor to two commissioners at the CPSC in Washington, D.C. One of the commissioners for whom he worked was David Pittle, an original appointee at the inception of the CPSC. Before joining the CPSC, Adler served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Justice Department, where he headed the southwest regional office of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection. Adler has been elected six times to the board of directors of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. He also served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and co-authored the agency review report on the CPSC. Adler graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Issues of safety

April 15, 2009 by Cecilia  
Filed under In the News

Issues of safety

Issues of safety

In “Safety dodge” (Editorial, April 4), the Tribune again falls into line with supporting the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act without understanding what is actually in the law. The attacks on Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairman Nancy Nord distract from the real issue—the law itself.

In every one of the 23 votes on CPSIA-related implementation matters, the vote was 2-0. The other CPSC commissioner, Thomas Moore, a Democrat, voted with Nord on every decision.

I am at a loss to understand how a third vote will change these outcomes.

In addition, when Nord announced her own stay of enforcement on all-terrain vehicles, she was immediately upbraided by Moore for announcing this action unilaterally.

If this is the exercise of CPSC authority envisioned by congressional leaders, we should all run for the hills.

Fundamentally the confusion and economic damage wrought by this law is not the CPSC’s fault; the blame rests with Congress for passing a misconceived law that turns safety administration from risk assessment to precautionary, arbitrary standards that are oblivious to real issues of safety. If we must hire scientists to determine whether youth-model ATVs, bicycles, pens or library books present a lead hazard for kids, something has gone very wrong with American common sense. It’s time for our leaders to act responsibly—and admit their error in passing this terrible law.

—Richard Woldenberg, chairman, Learning Resources Inc., Vernon Hills

Article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/print/chi-0415vplettersbriefs2apr15,0,4636131.story

Children’s Museum Fundraiser to take a hit

April 15, 2009 by Cecilia  
Filed under In the News

Children’s Museum Fundraiser to take a hit

April 14, 2009 10:49 PM EDT

MADISON (WKOW) — Every summer for the past 21 years thousands of collectors, parents, and children come to Middleton from all over the country to buy American Girl dolls and accessories at discount prices.

For event goers it’s a bargain. For The Madison Children’s Museum, it’s a financial lifeline

“It’s about a 1/3 of our budget and the great thing about it is that it offers unrestricted support,” says the Museum’s Director of Development Jenni Collins.

The event raises about a million dollars annually and half goes directly to the museum. The other half to children’s charities.

But new federal consumer product safety guidelines aimed at keeping kids safe mean this fundraiser will likely take a big financial hit this year.

“The federal law was set up to remove lead from children’s toys and that extends to the sale of toys and the sale of used toys and clothing,” says Wisconsin Consumer Protection Director Jim Rabbitt.

“American girl is being very conservative about what products they put in our hands, and what products we repair and resell,” Collins says.

Which means this year; no furniture, accessories or clothing for girls. Just dolls and books.

Since there is not as much to sell this year, the traditionally weekend long event will only last one day.

“we anticipate the people, knowing it’s a one day sale, may not to travel as far, but we are hoping that local shoppers, folks here in the Madison region can take advantage of the sale,” Collins says.

Event organizers already expect revenue to take a hit with the changes this year, but are still optimistic.

That’s because they still have their main attraction.

“It’s important to remember that it’s the reason why collectors, children and their parents come out to this event because they love those dolls,” Collins says.

The dolls make up for more than half of the cash sales at the event.

The one day sale will have extended hours, running from 7am-5pm.

The museum also has other events planned to help lessen the financial blow.

They will be holding a fundraising party the day before the sale and plan to have vendors selling doll accessories and other crafts outside of the warehouse.

The museum will also no longer sell tickets through Tickets.com.

They will be selling the tickets themselves.

For up to date information about the Annual Benefit Sale of American Girl Returns and Seconds, log onto the museum’s website at www.madisonchilrensmuseum.org

Article: http://www.wkowtv.com/global/story.asp?s=10184937&ClientType=Printable

 

Suspicious Product Removal at MD Family Dollar

April 10, 2009 by Dana  
Filed under In the News

NBC 25 in Maryland investigates a local Family Dollar store destroying shoes because of CPSIA. Here is an excerpt:

HAGERSTOWN, MD – What would you do if you saw several pairs of children’s shoes taken off the shelf and destroyed while you were shopping?

One NBC 25 viewer says he saw it happen at a local dollar store, and called us to investigate.

William Wagonhoffer says he didn’t understand why dozens of shoes were being destroyed instead of donated in these tough economic times.

The entire piece can be viewed by clicking here.

Editorial: Getting the Lead Out

April 8, 2009 by Dana  
Filed under In the News

An editorial in today’s Las Vegas Review Journal discusses the CPSIA. Here is an excerpt:

Congress is far too busy creating all-new disasters to worry about one of the biggest ones left over from 2008. If lawmakers are serious about stopping further damage to the economy, however, they’ll act quickly to clean up a lead-testing law that already is poisoning a number of industries with fatal amounts of regulation and uncertainty.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act swept through Congress on nearly unanimous votes last year and took effect Feb. 10. Passed in response to the vast recall of Chinese-made toys tainted with lead paint, the law imposes strict lead-content standards on children’s products and requires rigorous third-party testing to verify compliance.

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