Ever since the big announcement was made on Friday, June 24th, 2011 introducing The Safe Cosmetics Act, H.R. 2359, I’ve been waiting to see what the actual bill includes.
Now, is it me or is this beginning to feel like a huge PR move by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to build momentum and excitement for The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 so when the bill is finally made public, we will all be blinded by the warm fuzzies, and won’t bother to read what’s in it?
I’m also wondering if the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the EWG don’t have a hand to play in this little game of cat and mouse. When you read all the posts and updates coming from their camp, it’s obvious they have a front row seat, and probably have a copy of the bill on a desk in their offices. They sure do have a great many aspects of the bill they are pointing out, and how great they will be for consumers. I’m pretty sure they have a copy of the bill because they are the driving force behind this proposed legislation. Do you think I’m too off the mark?
Ask yourself this. Why would the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and EWG do all this positive talking about how great this proposed legislation is if they had not seen the actual bill? Would they actually support something they haven’t read? I sure wouldn’t, and I know Personal Care Truth readers wouldn’t.
I typically don’t get excited over something I’ve never seen or read. I err on the side of caution when it comes to politics especially. Celebrating a bill that has not been released to the public is premature. I’m definitely not going to be a part of the party that could be quoted when the bill comes out and there is nothing to celebrate.
I’m hoping the text of the bill will present itself in a speedy manner on Open Congress, GovTrack and THOMAS. Consumers and industry people alike have a right to read proposed legislation that could possibly change the cosmetic industry as we know it.
What are your thoughts?