Bipartisan caucus first of its kind aimed at child safety
by Andrew Shilling
Dec 11, 2013 | 717 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Congresswoman Grace Meng.
Congresswoman Grace Meng.
Congresswoman Grace Meng is the mother of two young boys under ten, which she learned quickly was not common among her new colleagues in Washington, D.C.

Worried that the needs of the country's most vulnerable were slipping through the cracks, Meng founded and co-chairs the Kids' Safety Caucus, a bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives that promotes child safety issues.

“Nothing is more important than protecting our kids, and it’s essential that we do all we can to keep them safe,” Meng said. “Most deaths of children aged 19 and younger are preventable, and tragedies such as accidental poisonings, drownings and car accidents are easily avoidable.”

The caucus includes Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, New Jersey Republican Jon Runyan, and North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer.

“It’s intended for this new caucus to make the public more aware of the many dangers that threaten our children, and reduce the number of kids that are put in harm’s way each year,” she said. “Our children deserve nothing less.”

At the forefront of their agenda is a bill called the Infant Formula Protection Act, introduced on June 10, to create regulations for imposing fines of up to $200,000 on businesses who sell expired baby formula.

While there are laws that require expiration dates on baby formula, Meng added that there is currently nothing on the books to keep businesses from selling past the expiration date.

“This legislation is a no-brainer, and it’s unbelievable that it’s even necessary,” Meng said. “It is unconscionable that many stores have such a reckless disregard for our babies, and it’s another example of putting profits ahead of safety.”

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