Pro-Corporation Bush Holdover Rankles Consumer Product Safety CommissionQuicklink submitted by Amanda Lang Permalink
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|A holdover from the George W. Bush administration, Nancy Nord has been a constant thorn in the sides of Democrats on the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and consumer advocates. She has been criticized for repeatedly fighting against increasing the budget of the CPSC and other reforms advocated by those on the left.
In the fall of 2007, Congress was prepared to expand the powers and size of the commission following a rash of high-profile failures by the CPSC to protect the public from dangerous toys and other products. But Nord, then acting head of the commission, rejected plans by lawmakers to more than double the CPSC's budget and expand its staff to help it better perform its job.
Nord also opposed provisions that would increase the maximum penalties for safety violations and make it easier for the government to make public reports of faulty products...
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