Pelosi demands resignation of CPSC head after Chinese recalls

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Following recent recalls of millions of Chinese-made toys, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's time for an overhaul of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And Pelosi says if the agency's chief opposes that, she ought to go too.

In a letter to a Senate committee last week, acting chairwoman Nancy Nord criticized a Democratic bill that would double the CPSC's funding and give it greater authority to inspect and recall products. Nord said that could have "the unintended consequence of hampering" consumer product safety by making it more difficult for the agency to do its job.

Pelosi says any agency chief who would say something like that after the recent run of recalls doesn't understand "the gravity of the situation."

The White House also opposes the legislation, which is headed to the full Senate for consideration.

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