Here's the Bill Senator DeMint Introduced to Amend the CPSIA - S.374

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S.374
Title: A bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to provide regulatory relief to small and family-owned businesses.

Sponsor: Sen DeMint, Jim [SC] (introduced 2/4/2009) Cosponsors (3)

Latest Major Action: 2/4/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

COSPONSORS(3):
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] - 2/4/2009
Sen Vitter, David [LA] - 2/4/2009
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] - 2/4/2009

Posted at 2:38pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

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LaurieRyan says

no link????????

Posted at 2:40pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

Sorry - here's the link at the Library of Congress:
thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:2:./temp/~bd8D5g::|/bss/|

Posted at 3:01pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

Okay so the bill was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The steps for a bill to pass are:
Introduced
Referred to Committee
Reported by Committee
Voted on in Senate
Voted on in House
Signed by President


But here's what Gov.Track explains about when bills are sent to committee:

"Committees are like "mini Congresses". Most bills begin by being considered by one or several congressional committees which may "report" the bill favorably or unfavorably to the Senate or House as a whole allowing it to receive consideration by the full body and move forward, or may fail to consider a bill at all preventing the bill from moving forward. Most bills never receive any committee consideration and are never reported out. House bills start in House committees and enter Senate committees only after being passed by the House and received by the Senate, and similarly for Senate bills.

Information on committee proceedings is notoriously opaque: committees vary in what information they make public and often do not provide basic public information such as the results of votes electronically or in an understandable format. Furthermore, if your Member of Congress does not sit on any committee relevant to this bill, you generally have no opportunity to voice your opinion on the bill while the bill is receiving its most important consideration."

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has 25 members. You can find the list of all the committee members at: commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=About.Members

Posted at 3:08pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

I dropped Klobuchar a line, since she sits on it.

She's spread thin at the moment ha. I know she is one of the proponent of the original bill, but she's also sent letters about needing to mitigate the impact on small domestic business, so I think it's pretty favorable from the MN angle.

As far as I'm concerned, there should be regulation.

On the raw materials level. The manufacturers - we're just reconfiguring materials we should be able to assume safe in good faith.

Posted at 3:29pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

One of our Hawaii Senators, Daniel Inouye, is on the committee too. My husband just emailed him urging him support passage of the bill and not to let it die in committee.

Posted at 3:37pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

So--
if you live in the following states, please contact your Senator!

Chairman John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV)
Daniel K. Inouye (HI)
John F. Kerry (MA)
Byron L. Dorgan (ND)
Barbara Boxer (CA)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ)
Mark Pryor (AR)
Claire McCaskill (MO)
Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Tom Udall (NM)
Mark Warner (VA)
Mark Begich (AK)

Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
Olympia J. Snowe (ME)
John Ensign (NV)
Jim DeMint (SC)
John Thune (SD)
Roger Wicker (MS)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
David Vitter (LA)
Sam Brownback (KS)
Mel Martinez (FL)
Mike Johanns (NE)

Posted at 3:45pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

I will be contacting Maria Cantwell (WA) this week!

Posted at 3:57pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

owlpeople says

done done and done. I just emailed Mike Johanns just a second ago.

Posted at 4:09pm Feb 5, 2009 EST

OK, an email from me to Amy Klobuchar. However, I never hear anything back from her. My guess is that she just doesn't really give a rip. She is all about getting her face in the StarTrib though.

Posted at 4:42pm Feb 5, 2009 EST