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Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2010--Continued

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CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010--Continued -- (Senate - April 02, 2009)

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AMENDMENT NO. 964

DeMint No. 964 is the next amendment in order.

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Mr. PRYOR. Mr. President, this amendment is a bad amendment. Last year, the Senate passed this legislation with 97 votes. It is a good bill. It bans lead in children's toys. It does so many other great things to make sure our marketplace is safe. It protects us from unsafe Chinese toys.

We need to vote against this amendment. The problem is not with the act. It is very clear from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, where the Commissioner, who is not the Chairman, says that the single most important step that needs to be taken in furtherance of the implementation of the CPSIA at the agency is to have a third Commissioner who would also be a chairman appointed to lead the agency. Until then, any legislative fixes are premature.

The CPSC has the authority to fix all the problems that have been raised by the Senator from South Carolina.

I strongly urge that we vote for our children and vote no on the DeMint amendment.

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