In the last 12 months, we seemed to receive a new child-related recall every other day. But U.S. lawmakers are promising the next year will be different because they're backing tougher product safety laws. The House has overwhelmingly passed the Conference Report on Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act. Long-story-short? The legislation boosts government regulation of consumer products, including toys that were subject to a rash of recalls last year. It bans lead and other risky chemicals.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor, "Today is a special day for us because this bill is long overdue and it took a New Direction Congress to work it out and bring it to the floor in the form which it is in, which is to protect America's children."
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