Rep. Fred Upton has apparently won steering committee endorsement as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This means he will in all likelihood be appointed as Chairman tomorrow, succeeding Henry Waxman in the next Congress. While Upton's ascendancy comes in a victory over Rep. Joe Barton, a longtime and ardent critic of the CPSIA, it is not thought to reflect any reduction of support among Republicans for a significant CPSIA amendment.
Hope springs eternal. Help may finally be on the way!