Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

H. RES. 925

Condemns the Peoples Republic of China for its socially unacceptable business practices; including the manufacturing and exporting of unsafe products, casual disregard to the environment, and employment practices which exploit workers.

Whereas, millions of toys were imported to the United State from the Peoples Republic of China and recalled in 2007, after it was discovered that the toys contained high amounts of lead paint;

Whereas, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act by a 407-0 vote.

Whereas, the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act bans any product containing more than the specified levels of lead that make it a hazardous substance.

Whereas, Americans should have an expectation that its trading partners are diligent, ethical, and responsible in providing high quality and safe products, especially to children;

Whereas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert in March 2007 authorizing the detention of any wheat gluten imports from the Chinese firm Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. of Peixian, China whose wheat gluten, an ingredient in commercial pet foods, was contaminated with the chemical melamine, used in the manufacture of plastics and as a slow-release fertilizer and which led to the deaths of pets in the United States.

Whereas, the Peoples Republic of China continually pollutes the air and water to extreme levels in the production of its goods often to irreversible levels.

Whereas, the Peoples Republic of China, a member of the world community has a social responsibility to provide basic human rights to its citizens;

Whereas, in June 2007, it was discovered that hundreds of people, including women and children, had been forced to work in brick kilns, suffering from beatings and confinement;

Whereas, workers in the Peoples Republic of China often have wages withheld, and are exposed to dangerous machinery and chemicals, such as lead, and unsafe working conditions: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) Condemns the Peoples Republic of China for producing unsafe products for sale;

(2) Condemns the Peoples Republic of China for its disregard to the environment;

(3) Condemns the Peoples Republic of China for exploiting workers;

(4) Encourages U.S. merchants to suspend the importation of goods from China and selling them in their stores until reforms of these abuses are made;

(5) Encourages U.S. parents to carefully consider the country of origin label Made in China when purchasing toys fo