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Pelosi Statement on Congress Sending Consumer Product Safety Legislation to President
Date:8/1/2008

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, other senior Members of Congress, and families impacted by unsafe toys joined together at an enrollment ceremony today for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. This bill, which now goes to President Bush for his signature into law, gives the Consumer Product Safety Commission the resources, authority, and oversight it needs to protect children from lead, dangerous toys and other unsafe products.

"At the beginning of this Congress, I proudly gaveled the Congress to order in the name of all of America's children, promising to make this a children's Congress. This week, we have more than one reason to be honoring that pledge and be glad about that.

"Today is a very special day in the history of the Congress and for our families. This Consumer Product Safety legislation would not have happened without the stories we have heard from families, without the legislative genius of Members, and without the mobilization of our outside groups who held us to a very high standard.

"I'm so pleased to be joined by many of my colleagues, whom you'll hear from shortly, but I also want to thank Chairman John Dingell, Congressman Bobby Rush, who was the author of the legislation in the House of Representatives, and Chairman Henry Waxman, who was a strong voice in all of this.

"It's important to note, in 2007, Consumers Union dubbed that as the 'Year of the Recall.' Well, that's over. With this legislation, we will not only be recalling, we will be removing those products from the shelves, but more importantly, we will be preventing them to getting to the shelves in the first place, products that are harmful to the well-being of our children.

"And so when we sign this legislation to send to the President, we will be doing so in the week we passed legislation to make college more affordable for America's families, the Medicare Bill signed
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