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House Clears Monumental Update to Chemical Safety Laws

May 24, 2016
Upton: “Most meaningful and impactful update to issues involving environment and the economy that we’ve had in decades.”

WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today passed a landmark bicameral, bipartisan overhaul of our chemical safety standards. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed the House by a vote of 403 to 12 and is further evidence of the committee’s ongoing bipartisan #RecordOfSuccess. For over three years, the committee has examined the Toxic Substances Control Act and has conducted nine hearings examining all aspects of the laws shortcomings. The bill passed today is the product of months of bipartisan House and Senate negotiations working out the differences between the two chambers’ versions of the bill and represents a vast improvement over current law.

Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) commented, “This is sweeping legislation with monumental benefits for virtually every man, woman, and child in the United States. This bill represents a balanced and thoughtful compromise that makes long needed improvements to an outdated and ineffective law. It’s the culmination of a multi-year, multi-Congress effort and marks the first consequential update of the Toxic Substances Control Act in 40 years. I thank everyone who worked hard to get us to where we are today. It’s imperative that we get this bill signed into law without delay.”

“This bill is good for jobs. It’s good for consumers. And it’s good for the environment,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “This landmark legislation is the most meaningful and impactful update to issues involving environment and the economy that we’ve had in decades. And it will soon be law thanks to hard work and dedication. It’s a legislative achievement we can all be proud of.” 

Watch Upton’s and Shimkus’ floor remarks here.

To view a fact sheet on the bill, click here.

For a summary of the compromise, click here.

To read the text of the bill and text of the manager’s amendment, click here.

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