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House Proceeding on Oct 9th, 2007 :: 0:10:07 to 0:14:06
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Bobby L. Rush

0:04:14 to 0:10:07( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bobby L. Rush

Bobby L. Rush

0:09:53 to 0:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bobby L. Rush: stearns: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill, the spa safety act, as the chairman mentioned, simply aims to prevent tragic drowning and entrapment accidents that, of course, are entirely preventable,

Cliff Stearns

0:10:07 to 0:10:17( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: with the simple equipment. what we have here today, i believe, is significantly different and significantly improved over what was initially referred to our committee. so again, in a bipartisan

Cliff Stearns

0:10:07 to 0:14:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Cliff Stearns

Cliff Stearns

0:10:17 to 0:10:30( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: faion, i think we've improved the bill. so i commend the chairman for including some of the modifications that we suggested and some of the modifications that came from his staff. my colleague

Cliff Stearns

0:10:30 to 0:10:44( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: he's, this h legislation has two distinct components. one it adopts an industry standard on drain covers and two, it establishes a grant program, administered by the commission, designed to

Cliff Stearns

0:10:44 to 0:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: provide incentives to states to change their state laws regarding pool safety demand. these incentives, through these grants, the states will change their laws. i fully support the intent of

Cliff Stearns

0:10:57 to 0:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: this measure and i'll therefore support the drain cover standard. i would like to reet rate the concern i expressed durk -- reiterate the concern i expressed that turning voluntary industry standards

Cliff Stearns

0:11:08 to 0:11:20( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: into commission rules. without repeating what i said earlier in one of the previous bills, i again simply caution my colleagues about the unintended precedence our actions may today put in place.

Cliff Stearns

0:11:20 to 0:11:36( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: further i'd like to express my reservation about the pool safety grant program and its affect on a state's rights to regulate property and safety within its own borders. this piece of federal

Cliff Stearns

0:11:36 to 0:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: legislation mandates that states adopt specific safety standards and no other. mr. speaker, there are 38 states with pool safety laws on the l books today. none of these states, my t colleagues,

Cliff Stearns

0:11:48 to 0:12:06( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: including my home state of florida, and the state of california, probably the two states with the most swimming pools and the most stringent pool safety laws, will be eligible for the $25 million

Cliff Stearns

0:12:06 to 0:12:20( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: in grants, funds, unless they change their existing laws making this essentially a 12-state grant program. excuse me. the law mandated by this legislation are overrule prohibitive and may

Cliff Stearns

0:12:20 to 0:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: weaken the safely laws of some states. some of us disagree on this but this is what we possly consider. holding federal tax dollars over the heads of state lawmakers to urge them to change

Cliff Stearns

0:12:37 to 0:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: in their states their laws it to a standard may not have any affect. we hope it does. if a state opted to change its -- opposites to change its laws, regardless of whether they have children or

Cliff Stearns

0:12:49 to 0:13:05( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: not. i note that the commission itself expressed concern about the grant program. the cpsc does not have experien ce administering any grant program -- mr. speaker, it's not staffed to do so now,

Cliff Stearns

0:13:05 to 0:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: notwithstanding those concerns that i've just ex prezzed, i voice mue -- expressed, voice my support for this bill today and for its author who did a very strong, persevering job on this.

Cliff Stearns

0:13:17 to 0:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: it came through when i was chairman, we tried make changes. i appreciate her patience and look forward to supporting her and i commend her for her perseverance. we're going to support the

Cliff Stearns

0:13:29 to 0:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: bill because it will undoubtedly improve swimming pool safety by requiring that all drain covers sold in the united states be made in accordance with standards to prevent entrapment. this

Cliff Stearns

0:13:41 to 0:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: is very good. these horrific entraptment accidents are entirely preventable. it is my hope that this legislation will result in such prevention and avoidance. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve

Cliff Stearns

0:13:55 to 0:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. rush: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the co-altogether everer of this outstanding -- co-author

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

0:14:06 to 0:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: of this piece of legislation. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1721, the virginia graham baker's pool and spa safety act. i want to particularly thank chairman

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

0:14:06 to 0:18:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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