What is it about consumer protection that Republican lawmakers don’t like? Is it that they want to see their constituents fleeced and flimflammed by businesses? Is it that they don’t care?
Or is it something as craven as carrying water for corporate interests simply because that’s where the money is?
Whatever the reason, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee has approved a spending bill that not only slashes the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission but also cuts off all funding for a recently launched database of product-safety complaints.
The online database is one of the most important consumer tools to emerge from Washington in years. It enables people to report potentially faulty or harmful products, as well as to research goods before making a purchase.
“If this bill passes, it will destroy the database,” said Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety for the Consumer Federation of America. “They’re trying to pull the plug on a vital consumer resource.”
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