Statment of Senator Stevens
Pool Safety Hearing Statement
May 3, 2006
Senator, if I may, as Chairman of the Full Committee I think I speak for myself and Senator Inouye. We’re looking forward to seeing the Congresswoman’s bill and we hope that we’ll see it soon. I can assure everyone interested that we are going to give due consideration to a bill regarding this issue as soon as we can get one before us. I spent some of my younger years as a lifeguard on the beaches and at swimming pools and I can tell you I’d rather be at a beach anytime. The pools are enough to make anyone a nervous person. I do think that much more can be done to improve the safety of these pools and I think that we ought to take the lead in setting forth some real standards for the construction and design, and I look forward to working with Consumer Product Safety Commission on this and the two of you as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee. I do believe that we should take some action and we should really set some real standards for the Commission and for the industry to understand that particularly the deaths of young children can be avoided. And I believe we should take action to ensure that to the maximum extent they are avoided.
Thank you very much.
Witness Panel 1
Ms. Jacqueline ElderAssistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and ReductionConsumer Product Safety Commission
Witness Panel 2
Mark LavenPresidentLatham Plastics Inc.,
Nancy BakerPool and Spa Safety Advocate
Alan KornDirector of Public Policy & General CounselSafe Kids Worldwide