Subcommittee to Continue Review of Chemicals in Commerce Act
WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The subcommittee will continue its review of draft legislation, the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA). Witnesses to be announced.
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. The subcommittee reviewed an initial draft of the legislation in March, and members have since continued to work together on a bipartisan basis to find common ground. Next week, the subcommittee will review a revised draft of the legislation.
“I’ve said from the beginning of the process that I’ve wanted to work in a collaborative, bipartisan way to reform TSCA. This new draft reflects suggestions from members on both sides of the aisle, as well as stakeholders and the administration. We should be proud of what we have accomplished so far, and I am hopeful members can continue to work together as we move forward. Reforming TSCA is not only good for jobs and the economy, but it is also needed to improve protections for consumers and the environment,” said Shimkus.
To view an updated draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act, click here.
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.