Schakowsky Disappointed in Nomination of Beck to CPSC

March 3, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed, though not surprised, that once again the Trump White House has chosen to put corporate power and politics over people by nominating Dr. Nancy Beck to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“Had the White House consulted with me in my capacity as Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, I would have informed them of my outright opposition to the potential nomination of someone with Dr. Beck’s record at the Environmental Protection Agency. Frankly, I am left to wonder who exactly was consulted even within the Administration, since this flies in the face of President Trump’s key campaign promise. President Trump promised the American people he would 'be greedy for them', rather than himself, but from day one it’s been clear that when he said, 'them,' he meant corporate executives and right-wing billionaires. This pick doesn’t just indicate that this is business as usual for the Trump Administration, but rather an escalation of their attacks on middle class families.

“So with that said, I must echo the comments of Chairman Frank Pallone in highlighting how this pick must be a contender for the most misguided, backwards nomination made by this President. I urge the White House to swiftly reconsider this nomination, and work with House Energy and Commerce Democrats to find a consensus pick who can deliver real results for the American people.”