The subcommittee is continuing its work to reform and improve the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Chairman Shimkus unveiled a draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act after the subcommittee’s extensive review of the current law. The draft legislation reforms the law to ensure a transparent, workable, and risk-based process for chemical review and regulation.
Subcommittee members will review the growing concerns regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse and related deaths. Reports indicate that as heroin overdoses increase, prescription drug abuse decreases, and vice versa. Almost half of drug overdose deaths in 2010 were attributed to prescription painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Authored by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), the DOTCOM Act was drafted in response to the Obama administration’s proposal regarding the future of the Internet.