Throughout the debate on the public database, the majority referred to Congressional intent to support a number of their dubious policy decisions. Indeed. What kinds of things indicate Congressional intent?
How about a letter received last week by the agency from Representative Joe Barton, one of the principal Members of Congress involved in drafting the CPSIA. While during the debate the majority disavowed knowledge of his letter, Representative Barton stated emphatically that the majority’s interpretation of Congressional intent was wrong on a number of fronts. In other words, the majority’s take on what Congress intended is not quite in sync with what some actual Members of Congress have to say.
Here is Congressman Barton’s letter in full (Representative Barton Letter on Congressional Intent of Database). You read and you decide what was intended.