770 days have passed since ANY Democrat in Congress did ANYTHING to help us on the CPSIA. There are only 40 days left until Election Day.
The CPSC Commission pushed back the date to consider this "final" interpretative rule on "Children's Products" for another week, to September 29th. These delays are unexplained. I guess we can't be trusted to understand their debate. Too fancy for us? Perhaps too explosive. This Dem-dominated Commission DOES NOT WANT to initiate ANY new rulemaking processes. That makes it imperative to keep the final interpretative rule on "Children's Products" very similar to the draft form - to avoid another comment period. Thus, they want to go with what they have, damn the consequences, to preserve their plan to be done with rulemaking by February 10, 2011, the date when the testing stay is set to expire.
Hope you have taken on board the pending expiration of the testing stay. You need to prepare - sell your business, close it, pile up the money to give to the testing companies or your lawyers, or your other creative plans to deal with it.
All kinds of things spin out of control for the Dems running the shop if they fall further behind in their schedule. The pending loss of their third vote (Moore's term ends in a few days and he cannot serve beyond the end of the year) means they face stalemate and frustration soon if they aren't done when he goes. To prevent you the voter from running "their" agency, they need to finish their dirty work NOW.
If things don't work out as planned, I am sure you are prepared to coach the Dems on how to deal with frustration and stalemate. By now you should be an expert!
The delay in taking this rule to "final" signals a real and profound disagreement within the agency. Somebody's agenda is going to get dented. So far, they haven't found a way out of this paper bag.
Based on their track record, whatever they decide, you'll be the loser. And no one will be the winner, either.
November 2nd can't come too soon for me.