The CPSIA was passed in August 2008 by an overwhelming majority in both the House (424-1) and the Senate (89-3). Supporters and zealots behind the law, after clucking over the perfect legislative process used to create the CPSIA, assert that the vote totals express the Will of the Nation behind this "wonderful" law. That kind of reasoning seems full of holes (such as, for example, the timing of the 2008 election cycle), but for awhile, many people fell for it.
I have attached an update on where Members of Congress stand on the CPSIA today. It's not quite so lopsided anymore. There are now 43 Senators and 96 Representatives who have either sponsored or voted for CPSIA amendment legislation. Perhaps someone is listening! This group of concerned legislators includes Democrats as well as Republicans. Let's recap - there were FOUR Members of Congress who voted against the CPSIA, and NOW there are 139 Members of Congress who have taken positive and public action to amend it. Hmmm, what was that about the Will of the Nation?
Amending the CPSIA has yet to leave the starting gate, courtesy of Senate and House Democratic leadership who for their own mysterious reasons refuse to acknowledge that this law has ANY flaws whatsoever. It's very sad that certain people have hijacked children's product safety and turned it into some sort of political plaything. We will continue to work to make it clear to the American public where the legislative breakdown is. For the moment, however, I wanted you to know that there is considerable support for changing this law. It's not just us wacky "bloggers" who want this law changed. Members of Congress do, too.
Now let's just do it!