Consumer Product Safety Commission

CFA Advocates for the CPSC to Increase Mandatory Standards Rulemakings in 2020 and 2021

Rachel Weintraub, Legislative Director and General Counsel at CFA, testified in front of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), urging the Commission to increase its focus on mandatory standards. For example, the FY 2019 Operating Plan included 12 mandatory standards in various stages of rulemaking, while the FY 2020 Budget Request1 includes 7 such rulemakings. Acknowledging that some of the rulemakings in 2019 will be finalized, the decrease in the number does indicate that the CPSC can and should dedicate at least the same resources to the same number of rulemaking proceedings, and not less, in FY 2020. It is imperative for consumers and for the regulated community that the CPSC’s laws are enforced rigorously and consistently and that all of the tools Congress gave to the CPSC are used.