U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), today released the following statement after voting for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008:
“Keeping American children and other consumers safe from harmful products should be a top priority, and this bill establishes toy safety standards and lower limits for lead in children’s products. I’m pleased Congress has agreed on bipartisan legislation that provides the Consumer Product Safety Commission with the increased funding and additional staff needed to ensure that the products found on the shelves of our nation’s stores do not violate our laws and put people at risk.”
Last March, Alexander voted in favor of the Senate version of this bill, The Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act (S. 2663), that passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 13. Today’s vote was for the final version of the measure composed of elements of that Senate bill and a similar bill that passed the House of Representatives in December by a vote of 407 to 0. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which passed the Senate 89 to 3, now goes to the president for his signature.