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August 01, 2008

Inhofe Supports Legislation Protecting Children and American Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) last night voted in favor of the conference report on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (H.R. 4040), which passed by a vote of 89 to 3.  Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the conference report by a vote of 424-1.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a small agency charged with protecting American consumers against death or injury from unsafe products, including imported products.  The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Conference Report increases the budget and resources of the CPSC so that the agency may better protect American consumers from harmful products in toys and other goods that are manufactured here in the United States or abroad.

"This bill is important because it includes new lead standards for children's products, new testing for children's products, and establishes an online database where concerned consumers can find out information about the products they intend to purchase," Senator Inhofe said.  "While the conference report was not perfect, I was pleased that it included some important changes to the original Senate bill, such as allowing manufacturers to respond to complaints in their products and curbing excessive lawsuits to ensure consistent standards.  As a grandfather of 12, I feel strongly that parents and grandparents should be able to expect that the toys we give our children are absolutely safe."

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