The following is a message I posted this morning to a Yahoo Group I belong to comprised of Florida artists and crafters. It seemed worthwhile to post it here on my blog, as the fallout from the CPSIA’s looming enactment is creating quite a mess-
I’m concerned that there is a great deal of misinformation being passed along many websites and blogs. The CPSIA was signed into law in August 2008. There is no writing to your Congressmen to vote
against it- it’s a done deal. At this point, all we can do is work to have it amended. The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) is in the process of outlining more concrete guidelines, as the law (speculating here) was written in a vague manner to get quick passage. I would suggest people go directly to the source for information- the CPSC. They are the ones responsible for the CPSIA’s enactment and enforcement. Here is their website on this-
Also, here is some food for thought. The following is a message I left on a blog about this law.
“The CPSIA is already law. It was signed into law in August. For those who care, Clinton, Obama, and McCain all abstained from voting on this. And writing to your Congressmen? Yeah, did that. Got back two form letters so far, one bragging about being a co-sponsor of this ridiculous bill (Bill Nelson), and another thanking me for my support of more funding for the CPSC (Gus Bilirakis). But I’m free to write to them again anytime I have a concern about something. Uh huh. Thanks.
Let’s think about this for a second. This law was passed because of China’s failings. Do you think Congress could afford to single China out when writing this law? We borrow WAY too money from China to upset them.
And those big manufacturers, the ones manufacturing outside the US? Do you think they would just sit idly and let US-based manufacturers be exempt from this law? They can more than afford these ridiculous tests, and it effectively puts the smaller markets out of business. Pretty neat for them, huh?
See, it can always be traced back to money.”
Also, here’s the link to see the progression of this bill being introduced, voted on, and signed into law. You can also see who voted and how they voted.
Just some FYI to get your brain churning this Monday morning!