New Senate Report Details Negative Impacts of Shutdown

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October 11, 2013 9:05 a.m.

A new report commissioned by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, reveals the negative impact the government shutdown has had on certain agencies, according to an advance copy to be released Friday.

The report found that all Consumer Product Safety Commission port inspectors have been furloughed, halting efforts to keep dangerous products, such as children’s toys with high lead content, from crossing the border.

Almost the entire vehicle safety team in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been furloughed, placing vehicle safety defect investigations on hold and limiting agency oversight of the recall process.

The report will be released during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Friday at 1 p.m.

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