The Craft & Hobby Association's (CHA) CPSIA Urgent Call to Action:
Re-read our February 3, 2009 post to learn what the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Amendment is all about and how it will affect you and your business. CPSIA will have an impact on every retailer and manufacturer. Click to learn more, then follow the directions below to contact your two U.S. Senators:
Steve Berger, CHA's CEO asks you to Please contact your two U.S. Senators immediately and voice your SUPPORT for Senator DeMint's CPSIA "Delay" Amendment.
The most important action you can take for the health of your business and for the health of our industry is to take the time TODAY (or on Monday morning at the latest) before you leave your office to voice your support for CPSIA delay in the Senate. Please forward this to your staff as well and have everyone in your company participate. A positive outcome will help to preserve the financial resources we all need to persevere in this economy.
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is expected to offer an amendment to the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 that will provide needed relief to the CPSIA requirements. The U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 last week. The Senate will be taking action this week on their version of this legislation. "The DeMint Delay" would amend the stimulus package by postponing for six months implementation requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that are now scheduled to go into effect next Tuesday, February 10.
In 5 easy steps, you can accomplish much for our industry:
1) Click on or paste the above link. Please note that this link will take you to the Capwiz site courtesy of TIA (Toy Industry Association).
2) Please enter your zip code. 5+4 is best if you know your +4.
3 ) The site will direct you to a new web page. Identify the section on the web page called "write your elected officials." Click on the link "Federal." It will take you to a new page called "Compose Message."
4) On the compose message page:
a) Choose email for all officials listed
b) For "Subject" write CPSIA Delay
c) For "Issue Area" choose "Commerce"
d) For "Editable Text" please cut and paste the message at the end of this email. Please edit it for accuracy and pertinence to you and your company.
e) Fill out "Sender Information" which is very important and then click "Send"
CHA asks that you support this because:
- On February 10th the current CPSIA deadline could force millions of safe products off retail shelves, thousands of small businesses to close their doors and countless jobs lost.
- As the law now stands, there are too many ambiguities . . . and those ambiguities cannot be clarified by next Tuesday. No one knows how to implement the law as it is written. The guesswork needs to be removed from our product safety laws.
- Senator DeMint's amendment will give the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the time it needs to provide necessary compliance information and guidance...and prevents the loss of thousands of companies and jobs.
- Support this amendment and you will save jobs in your state.
URGENT! Please support the DeMint consumer product safety amendment (The DeMint Delay) to the stimulus bill!
I am writing to you to urgently request your support of the amendment Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will be proposing to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus bill this week. His amendment will provide relief from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements scheduled to take effect on February 10. Without this amendment and the relief that it provides, businesses such as mine will be harmed and many more jobs will very likely be lost.
Here are the facts on why you should support the DeMint Amendment:
-- The Amendment calls for a reasonable delay in implementing a part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that goes into effect next Tuesday, Feb 10.
-- Without the DeMint delay, many businesses and jobs will be lost because the information and guidance needed by the business community to meet the Feb 10 requirements has not been provided and it will not be provided by Feb 10. The Amendment will save jobs in our State.
-- When compliance is practically impossible because government–required information and guidance is lacking, it is unfair to let an arbitrary deadline remain in place, especially when it will cause a further loss of jobs in this severely damaged economy.
Please do not allow more jobs to be lost in our state. I urge you to vote for the DeMint Amendment as part of the American Recovery and Reimbursement Act of 2009.