I am so pleased that last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4212 -- the bipartisan Drywall Safety Act of 2012. We introduced this common-sense legislation to prevent any more Americans from suffering the devastating effects of contaminated drywall imported from other countries, including China. This is a major victory for the families who have been suffering for years at the expense of this toxic material, and I want to thank all the members of the Contaminated Drywall Caucus for their continued efforts in helping to get this bill passed - particularly my Hampton Roads colleagues Representatives Rob Wittman, Randy Forbes, and Bobby Scott.
I have seen first-hand the devastation that contaminated drywall can cause. I have met with these families. What they are going through is heartbreaking. These hardworking folks saved, bought homes, and were living the American Dream -- or so they thought. Then, through no fault of their own, they find that dream has turned into a nightmare: their homes are now unlivable as their children have bloody noses and respiratory ailments, as the drywall begins to corrode the very infrastructure of the house.
Our legislation makes sure this won't happen to another American family - in Hampton Roads or anywhere in this great country - ever again. I strongly urge the Senate to take it up immediately for a vote. After that, we'll encourage the President to sign it into law.
This legislation is the right step in protecting American families - their health and financial well being. But too many of our local families are still suffering financially, and our attention now turns toward ensuring we hold the foreign manufacturers accountable for making the existing victims of drywall whole.
Mindful that I work for you, I remain
Yours in Freedom,