I really do agree that the best approach at this point is to call. I hate the phone. Hate making calls, answering calls, even listening to and leaving voicemails. But sometimes you've gotta suck it up...
I just got off the phone with a very nice woman at my Senator, Pat Robert's office. (ironic that on his homepage he is reading children's books... if the law isn't changed, he may have to update that photo!)
She said that all of the Representitives' offices and the CPSIA are being inundated with our concerns (yay, fellow inundators!), so they at least hear us. Will they listen? They do start by putting the blame on the CPSIA and saying that we're all waiting for them to clarify the law. But I told her that I KNOW that only Congress can change the law, and I WANT congress to change and clarify the law BEFORE unimaginable damage is done on Feb. 10. According to her, Bobby Rush (the author of the bill) is "considering" calling a hearing to push back the date and re-evaluate based on implications. We'll see. She said to check back Monday.
In fact, I just spent 30 minutes on the phone with a very nice gentleman from Rep. Rush's office, who I'm sure was kicking himself for answering the phone the whole time. He said (after putting me on hold and "checking") that Rep. Rush is not having a hearing, but that the CPSIA is "considering" hearing what people have to say. (they estimate about 250 responses, according to this document) He says that the language in the CPSIA statement issued regarding component testing (he asked me to share it with you, so here it is) we can (and should) interpret it to say that if you sell a product, you are a "reseller". That's a big one. Andrew, from Rep. Rush's office promised me it was true. Also that we are not in violation of the law unless we knowingly sell a product containing lead or other banned chemicals. So, (I made sure he was really clear about this) if you KNOW that all components of your product are safe because they have passed any testing (GOTS are pretty legit., so organic should be safe), and even if something you sell (wholesale or retail) is found to have lead but you didn't know about it, you are not subject to the penalties.
Now, Andrew's authority is not confirmed, but he said that this is that office's interpretation of the law and these statements from the CPSIA. Since his office wrote it, maybe we're safe. Maybe. (he also said that this was a logistical nightmare, especially the timing of it, what with the new administration coming in and all... wow, I guess they weren't aware that that was going to be happening when they set the dates!)
If you want to give him a call, I'm sure he'd love to hear from you too 202-225-4372 (poor guy, I really did feel like he was on "our side")
In the meantime, let's add a couple of commas to that number of responses that the CPSIA expects to get. Look at that form, follow theur guidelines, and send, send, send!
okay, if I don't get some work done, I am going to be the one putting us out of business!