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Via Steve Benen at Political Animal:

July 05, 2011 3:20 PM

GOP concludes consumer safety is overrated

…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…

….Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri took the lead on this, and has struggled to explain why. There’s no great mystery here….

….The point of the database couldn’t be any more of a no-brainer. The Consumer Safety Product Commission has valuable information, but faces challenges in reaching the public. For very little money, the government has created an online resource that will help families make more informed choices, and create a new incentive for manufacturers to put safe products on the market. As Michael Lipsky explained recently, “One would think it hard to find a politician who opposes reducing preventable dangers to children.”

Meet the Republican Party of 2011.

No mystery, indeed:

…From 1984 through 1996, Jo Ann Emerson worked in public affairs or lobbyist roles for a slew of organizations, including the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Restaurant Association and the American Insurance Association…