Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pending Bills

1.   S. 1458: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012: Bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.
      Status: This bill was considered in committee which has recommended it be considered by the Senate                           as a whole.

2.   H.R. 3359: Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act: To amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions.
        Status: This bill is in the first step in the legislative process.

3.   H.R. 2359: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011: To amend title VI of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safe use of cosmetics, and for other purposes.
        Status:  This bill is in the first step in the legislative process.

I have chosen to examine H.R. 2359: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 further. 

Details of the bill:

  1. Designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients and that ingredients are fully disclosed.
  2.  It will also help the cosmetics industry by fostering the development of the safer products American consumers are demanding.
  3. Phase-out of ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm.
  4. Elimination of labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company websites, including salon products and the constituent ingredients of fragrance.
  5. Required data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing.
  6. Creation of a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations.
  1. Will the bill require companies to test every product?
  2. How will the bill impact small business? How about big business?
  3. What does the bill say about animal testing?

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