In response to the CPSC’s proposed changes to the CPSC Voluntary Recall Program (VCP), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) proposed an amendment to prevent the CPSC from spending money to implement the CPSC’s proposed changes to the VCP. On July 16, 2014, the House of Representatives passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act via H.R. 5016, which included the following:
None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to finalize, implement, or enforce the proposed rule entitled ``Voluntary Remedial Actions and Guidelines for Voluntary Recall Notices'' (CPSC Docket No. CPSC-2013-0040).
The CPSC’s proposed changes to the VCP have garnered attention from business and former CPSC members alike. Former Chairperson Anna Brown has annunciated her concerns that the CPSC’s proposed changes would undermine the CPSC’s Fast Track program, while former Commissioner Nancy Nord has indicated that the proposed changes are “ill advised.”
Currently, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act sits with the Senate Committee on Appropriations, as it was received by the Senate on July 17, 2014 and thereafter referred to the Committee on Appropriations.