Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., announced Wednesday, Nov. 13, that three of her bills have passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee.
“Consumers deserve products that meet strong health and safety standards -- keeping people safe is the cornerstone of our job as senators. My legislation will put in place better, commonsense safeguards so we can address the dangers of accidental death by carbon monoxide poisoning and fire accidents,” Klobuchar stated in a news release. “My legislation to identify and evaluate the reasons for the lag in new business startups also passed the Commerce Committee today. Entrepreneurs drive innovation, which powers our economy, and we need to understand the reasons for today’s ‘startup slump’ in order to turn it around. I look forward to all three of these bills passing the full Senate and becoming law to improve consumer safety and strengthen our economy.”
The Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, introduced with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., would help prevent carbon monoxide-related deaths by encouraging states to require carbon monoxide detectors in homes and establishing a grant program to help states and tribes carry out carbon monoxide education programs.
The Portable Fuel Container Safety Act, introduced with Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., would prevent fire accidents by directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish a standard for flame arrestors to be used in portable fuel containers.
The Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Act, introduced with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., would require the Department of Commerce to study the underlying factors driving the current “startup slump,” a 40-year low in rates of entrepreneurship in the U.S.
Klobuchar also included an amendment to Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell’s, D-Wash., Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education Act, which also passed the Commerce Committee today. The amendment, based on Klobuchar’s bipartisan Cyber Security Exchange Act with Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., would establish a public-private cyber security professionals exchange program to recruit experts in private sector and academia to do limited tours of duty in the federal government of up to two years. Additionally, agencies would create a program for government computer experts to do tours of duty in the private sector to learn best practices, which can then be applied to help further secure government computer systems and critical infrastructure.