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Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 17, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 8121) to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to study the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on injuries and deaths associated with consumer products, and for other purposes, as amended.

The Clerk read the title of the bill.

The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 8121

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act''.

(b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--COVID-19 HOME SAFETY Sec. 101. Short title. Sec. 102. Study and report on the effect of the COVID-19 public health emergency on injuries and deaths from consumer products. TITLE II--PROTECTING TOURISM IN THE UNITED STATES Sec. 201. Short title. Sec. 202. Study and report on effects of COVID-19 pandemic on travel and tourism industry in United States. TITLE I--COVID-19 HOME SAFETY SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE.

This title may be cited as the ``COVID-19 Home Safety Act''. SEC. 102. STUDY AND REPORT ON THE EFFECT OF THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ON INJURIES AND DEATHS FROM CONSUMER PRODUCTS.

(a) COVID-19 Report Required.--Not later than 3 months after the date of enactment of this section and every 3 months thereafter for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and make publicly available, a report on the effect of the COVID-19 public health emergency on injuries and deaths from consumer products.

(b) Contents of Report.--The report shall include the following:

(1) Relevant data and statistics from--

(A) the data sources of the Commission;

(B) other appropriate agencies;

(C) media reports;

(D) poison control centers, to the extent practical; and

(E) any other relevant data sources.

(2) An identification of trends in injuries and deaths from consumer products, comparing data from representative time periods before and during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

(3) An identification of subpopulations that have experienced elevated risk of injury or death from consumer products during the COVID-19 public health emergency, such as minorities, infants, people with disabilities, children, or the elderly.

(4) An identification of where most injuries or deaths from consumer products during the COVID-19 public health emergency are taking place, such as the type of building or outdoor environment.

(5) A specification about whether consumer products associated with a substantial number of injuries or deaths during the COVID-19 public health emergency are--

(A) under recall;

(B) subject to a voluntary consumer product safety standard; or

(C) subject to a mandatory consumer product safety standard.

(6) An identification of emerging consumer products that are posing new risks to consumers.

(c) COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Defined.--The term ``COVID-19 public health emergency'' means a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d) as a result of confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including any renewal thereof. TITLE II--PROTECTING TOURISM IN THE UNITED STATES SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE.

This title may be cited as the ``Protecting Tourism in the United States Act''. SEC. 202. STUDY AND REPORT ON EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY IN UNITED STATES.

(a) In General.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and the head of any other Federal agency the Secretary considers appropriate, shall complete a study on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry, including various segments of the travel and tourism industry, such as domestic, international, leisure, business, conventions, meetings, and events.

(b) Matters for Consideration.--In conducting the study required by subsection (a) and the interim study required by subsection (e)(1), the Secretary shall consider--

(1) changes in employment rates in the travel and tourism industry during the pandemic period;

(2) changes in revenues of businesses in the travel and tourism industry during the pandemic period;

(3) changes in employment and sales in industries related to the travel and tourism industry, and changes in contributions of the travel and tourism industry to such related industries, during the pandemic period;

(4) the effects attributable to the changes described in paragraphs (1) through (3) in the travel and tourism industry and such related industries on the overall economy of the United States during the pandemic period and the projected effects of such changes on the overall economy of the United States following the pandemic period; and

(5) any additional matters the Secretary considers appropriate.

(c) Consultation and Public Comment.--In conducting the study required by subsection (a), the Secretary shall--

(1) consult with representatives of--

(A) the small business sector;

(B) the restaurant or food service sector;

(C) the hotel and alternative accommodations sector;

(D) the attractions or recreations sector;

(E) the travel distribution services sector;

(F) destination marketing organizations;

(G) State tourism offices; and

(H) the passenger air, railroad, and rental car sectors; and

(2) provide an opportunity for public comment and advice relevant to conducting the study.

(d) Report to Congress.--Not later than 6 months after the date on which the study required by subsection (a) is completed, the Secretary, in consultation with the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and the head of any other Federal agency the Secretary considers appropriate, shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and make publicly available on the website of the Department of Commerce, a report that contains--

(1) the results of such study; and

(2) policy recommendations for promoting and assisting the travel and tourism industry.

(e) Interim Study and Report.--Not later than 3 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, after consultation with relevant stakeholders, including the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, shall--

(1) complete an interim study, which shall be based on data available at the time when the study is conducted and provide a framework for the study required by subsection (a), on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (as of such time) on the travel and tourism industry, including various segments of the travel and tourism industry, such as domestic, international, leisure, business, conventions, meetings, and events; and

(2) submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and make publicly available on the website of the Department of Commerce, an interim report that contains the results of the interim study required by paragraph (1).

(f) Definitions.--In this section--

(1) the term ``pandemic period'' has the meaning given the term ``emergency period'' in section 1135(g)(1)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320b-5(g)(1)(B)), excluding any portion of such period after the date that is 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act;

(2) the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Commerce; and

(3) the term ``travel and tourism industry'' means the travel and tourism industry in the United States.

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Mr. PALLONE. 8121.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak in support of H.R. 8121. I want to begin by thanking Representatives Cardenas and Davis for their leadership on the bill, the Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act. This bill advanced out of the Energy and Commerce Committee by a voice vote.

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing us to spend more time at home and finding new indoor and outdoor activities suitable for social distancing, it is critically important that we keep track of any new trends in injuries and deaths that might be occurring.

This bill will require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide quarterly updates to the American public regarding the effects of COVID-19 on home safety, including any emerging threats from either new products or new habits from working and playing at home. This report will assemble data from a variety of sources, including media reports and poison control centers, in addition to the CPSC's traditional data sources.

The bill will also identify communities or groups that may be disproportionately affected so that we can better target efforts to protect those communities. We already know children are particularly vulnerable during these times as parents struggle to work remotely and supervise children at the same time. For example, there have been increased reports of accidental poisonings and fractures related to bicycle and trampoline usage. It is important to identify other groups that may also be vulnerable.

I want to thank Representatives Castor and Upton for introducing another bill, the Protecting Tourism in the United States Act, which was incorporated in H.R. 8121 during the committee's consideration of the bill.

Their legislation will rebuild the tourism and travel industry, which has struggled under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. All sectors of the travel industry have been particularly hard hit, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, and passenger air, rail, and rental car sectors.

This bill requires the Department of Commerce to conduct a detailed study and report to Congress on the effects of the pandemic on the tourism industry, including on jobs and revenue, so that we will know how to best direct assistance to the 16 million American workers and families who rely on the jobs that the travel industry supports.

Again, I thank Ranking Member Walden and Subcommittee Ranking Member Rodgers for working with us to move this bill through the Energy and Commerce Committee. I also commend our Subcommittee Chair Schakowsky for her relentless commitment to fighting for consumers, and particularly for seniors, I want to say.

Mr. Speaker, I call on my colleagues to support this bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. PALLONE. Schakowsky).

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I urge support for the bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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