Stamford, CT (PressExposure) September 07, 2009 -- The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, September 10th titled, âConsumer Product Safety Commission Oversight: Current Issues and a Vision for the Futureâ. Committee Chairperson, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has called only one witness to testify at the hearing â Chairperson Inez Tenenbaum of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). While long awaiting a hearing in this committee since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was passed into law in August of 2008, Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) members are frustrated that no one representing the unintended consequences of the CPSIA on small businesses has been invited to testify.
In a letter to Chairman Waxman and ranking committee members dated September 4, 2009, the HTA states: âWhile we have full faith in the abilities of Ms. Tenenbaum and believe she is working to apply common sense interpretations to the CPSIA, we do not believe that she can represent the full scope of the CPSIA's impact on responsible American small businesses. Nor do we believe that the unintended consequences of the CPSIA can be solved through the CPSC's rulemaking. A technical correction is required, and we would like the opportunity to tell your committee why.â
The letter goes on to say, âNow is the time for Congress to hear the voices of small businesses. Now is the time to show that laws can be written for the common good, not just for the interests of large, well connected corporations. Now is the time to invite small businesses, including a representative of our alliance, to speak truth to Congress about how the CPSIA is devastating our businesses and our livelihoods.â
Plans are currently being made to send HTA Secretary Jill Chuckas, owner of Crafty Baby (CT) to DC as a representative of the HTA. âThis is what we have all been working towards â an open hearing in the committee of jurisdiction. Now all we want is an opportunity to be heard,â said Chuckas upon learning of the hearing. âThis is such a personal issue for our members â myself included. We all just want to continue doing what truly makes us happy -creating safe and wonderful childrenâs products.â
Dan Marshall, co-owner Peapods Natural Toys & Baby Care (St. Paul, MN) The Handmade Toy Alliance Tel. 651-238-8398 firstname.lastname@example.org handmadetoyalliance.org
Jill Chuckas, Owner, Designer Crafty Baby (Stamford, CT) The Handmade Toy Alliance Tel. 888-788-5168 email@example.com handmadetoyalliance.org
Cecilia Leibovitz, President Craftsbury Kids (Montpelier,VT) The Handmade Toy Alliance Tel. 802-223-7143 firstname.lastname@example.org handmadetoyalliance.org
Rob Wilson, Vice President, Challenge & Fun (Ashland, MA) The Handmade Toy Alliance Tel. 888-384-6200 email@example.com handmadetoyalliance.org