June 23, 2021

Cárdenas Bill to Study Impacts of COVID-19 on Tourism and Home Injuries Passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29), Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL-11), Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) and Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI-6) earlier this month. The bill would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to study the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. It would also direct the Secretary of Commerce to study and report on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry. 


“The COVID-19 pandemic changed nearly every aspect of our daily lives, including how we spend time at home,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “According to reports, pediatricians and ER doctors have seen an increased number of patients seeking treatment for home injuries. At the same time, stay at home orders, while necessary, devastated our tourism industry and the livelihoods of those who rely on travel and hospitality to make ends meet. Our bipartisan bill will require that these issues be studied, so lawmakers can act appropriately to protect consumers and rebuild our tourism sector. I applaud the House for passing my bill and I urge a swift passage on the Senate floor.”


The legislation is endorsed by Consumer Reports, the National Consumers League, the Consumer Federation of America, Kids in Danger and the U.S. Travel Association. 


The Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act passed unanimously during the 116th Congress.