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Rigell and Deutch Lead Bi-Partisan Effort to Tackle Chinese Drywall
Representative Scott Rigell joined Rep. Ted Deutsch of Florida in leading the first meeting of the Contaminated Drywall Caucus for the 112th Congress. Rigell and Deutsch started this Caucus because of the devastating effects that some drywall imported from China and installed in American homes has caused, including considerable damage to homes and physical discomfort to homeowners. In many cases, this toxic drywall has made the homes unlivable and brought financial ruin to local families.
Representatives from a variety of House and Senate offices as well as a panel of Chinese Drywall experts from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took part in this meeting. These agencies have been at the forefront of the federal response to the Chinese Drywall crisis for about two years now.
After thorough scientific study, the CPSC issued its identification and remediation protocols last month. Scientific studies are still in progress, and the protocols may be adjusted as necessary based on the results of ongoing studies.
Rigell noted that although these studies and the scientific understanding that the CPSC has uncovered is helpful, the financial hardship this crisis has created for so many families has made it clear that the time for studies has run its course. Rigell called for action – concrete steps that will create a path to relief and restoration for affected homeowners and their families.
Rigell and Deutsch both expressed their commitment to the relentless pursuit of justice for victims of toxic Chinese Drywall and expressed their intent to chart the path forward to find solutions.