Dear (Catholic store owner),
Thank you for contacting me in favor of reforming the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue, and I agree with you.
You may be pleased to know that I am an original cosponsor of a bill that would reform the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. This new bill would provide regulatory relief to protect families, charities, and small businesses from frivolous lawsuits that could ultimately harm job growth. It would exempt thrift stores, yard sales, consignment shops, and other re-sellers from the requirements of the CPSIA. Also, it would prevent retro-active enforcement of the rules so that business owners are not punished for breaking rules that did not exist previously, among other provisions. Unless the law is changed, many will face unintended consequences and over-burdensome regulations that would cause substantial harm to businesses, charities, and others without any substantial new protections for consumers and children. If the Consumer Products Safety Commission has to devote resources to re-sellers such as charity thrift stores and internet sellers, they will have less time to focus on real problems with unsafe products from China and elsewhere.
As you know, the CPSIA was passed in response to reports of scares involving lead paint in children’s toys and other harmful chemicals found in children’s products manufactured in China and other products. I supported the final version of the CPSIA and believe we need strong safety standards for toys and products, but I do know the bill needs to be changed to stop the unintended consequences that have surfaced during implementation by the commission. Rest assured I will continue working hard in the U.S. Senate to prevent over-burdensome regulations from harming families, charities, and small businesses.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other issues important to you and your family.
Senator David Vitter