Obama Fills CPSC Posts
By Ed O'Keefe
President Obama named new leadership to the Consumer Product Safety Commission today and announced plans to expand the size of the safety panel from three commissioners to five later this summer. The president also asked Congress for $107 million for the agency, which falls short of his campaign pledge to double its budget, but increases it by almost three-quarters, according to the White House.
"It is a top priority of my administration to ensure that the products the American people depend on are safe. We must do more to protect the American public -- especially our nation's children -- from being harmed by unsafe products," the president said in a statement.
He will nominate former U.S. Senate candidate and South Carolina schools chief Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair the commission. She lost a 2004 race against Jim DeMint to replace Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D) and recently decided not to run for South Carolina governor next year. She's currently a special counsel to the McNair Law Firm, focusing on public school finance issues.
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May 5, 2009; 12:47 PM ET
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