Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, today issued the following statement on the Senate’s failure to pass meaningful protections for babies and children from harmful flame retardants:
"A reasonable compromise could have been had that would have protected babies and children from unnecessary exposure to harmful flame retardants.
"Democrats offered a commonsense proposal to eliminate toxic chemicals from crib mattresses, changing pads, car seats and other everyday children’s products that almost all parents bring into their homes after having a child.
"But rather than accept this commonsense compromise, the Republican-controlled Senate preferred instead to placate the American Chemistry Council and put corporate interests ahead of children’s health.
"There is simply no acceptable reason for these cancer-causing toxic chemicals to be in our children’s products – and there is simply no excuse for Republicans’ failure to ban them. Republicans’ willingness to shortchange children’s health is only one part of their backwards set of priorities.
"Protecting women’s reproductive health and creating opportunities for immigrant children were also left off the Republicans’ list of important issues to address.
"At the same time, authorizing new ways for payday lenders to extract triple-digit interest rates from low-income families and giving employers new options for paying their injured workers less rose to the top.
"Washingtonians would be well justified in asking whose interests the new Republican-controlled majority is representing in the state Senate."