GOP Senate Takeover Makes Bipartisanship Crucial For Cosmetics Bill
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
With a new Republican majority in the Senate, legislation to overhaul cosmetics regulation in the U.S., which to date has been driven by Democrats, will need bipartisan support to advance. A draft bill is being developed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in collaboration with industry members and CEOs.
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Prospects for the developing draft bill are optimistic given the California democratic senator’s reputation for working “effectively across the aisle” and her receptivity to both industry and NGO stakeholders. Janet Nudelman, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, says the legislation will pick up where negotiations between FDA and industry left off earlier in 2014.