By a vote of 375 to 41, the House sent to the White House a bill to keep the Consumer Product Safety Commission alive with budgets of $42 million in fiscal 1991 and $45 million in 1992. President Bush was expected to sign the measure (S605).
The agency has been slowed in its mission by battles between consumer and business interests over how far it should go to keep hazardous products off the market. This bill makes it easier for it to obtain a quorum to conduct business. Among other provisions, it requires manufacturers to inform the panel if they lose a threshold number of lawsuits over their products, and mandates safety standards for a few risky products, including garage door openers and cigarette lighters that are easily ignited by children.
Supporter Doug Walgren (D-Pa.) said the bill has strong backing from consumer groups and the agency itself.
Opponent Howard C. Nielson (R-Utah) said, "The bill outrageously mismanages, micro-manages, this agency."
A yes vote was to reauthorize the Consumer Product Safety Commission. How They Voted
Rep. Moorhead (R): Yea
Rep. Roybal (D): Yea
Rep. Waxman (D): Yea
Immigration Reform By a vote of 264 to 118, the House gave final congressional approval of a bill (S358) reforming the process of legal immigration to the United States. President Bush was expected to sign the bill, under which the current limit of 500,000 immigrants annually will be raised to 700,000 between 1992 and 1994, then drop permanently to 650,000. The majority of the new visas will go to people with needed job and professional skills or who come from European and African countries that have had low quotas in recent decades. One innovation is a set-aside of 10,000 visas each year for investors of at least $1 million in new, job-creating businesses in America.