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House Passes Bills to Protect Americans from Common Dangers

Sep 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement today after the House passed three bills – by voice vote – to keep American families safe from common household dangers.  The three bills were favorably reported out of both the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee and full Committee earlier this year:

“The three bills passed by the House today will save lives by requiring the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take swift action to protect consumers from common household dangers,” said Pallone and Schakowsky.  “These bills will protect children from being crushed by furniture that tips over, prevent dangerous ‘flame-jetting’ explosions from portable fuel containers, and help ensure carbon monoxide alarms are installed in buildings that serve vulnerable populations.  We applaud their passage and encourage the Senate to take them up without delay.”

H.R. 2211, the “Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act” or the “STURDY Act,” introduced by Schakowsky, directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a consumer product safety standard for clothing storage units to prevent them from tipping over onto children. 

H.R. 1618, the “Nicholas and Zachary Burt Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019,” introduced by Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), directs CPSC to establish a grant program for states to purchase and install carbon monoxide alarms in dwelling units of low-income families or the elderly; facilities that commonly serve children or the elderly, including childcare facilities, public schools, and senior centers; or dwelling units owned by public universities, and to assist in enforcement and education efforts related to carbon monoxide alarms.

H.R. 806, the “Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019,” introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH), directs CPSC to issue a consumer product safety rule to require flame mitigation devices in portable fuel containers.