Don't know if it will help but I just emailed my congressperson. Here is where you can find yours:https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Here is what I wrote:
Dear Congressman xxxx,
I am writing to ask you to please work to change the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to NOT be applied retroactively to children's clothing.
Existing children's clothing should be exempt from the CPSIA. There are both environmental and economic reasons for this.
There is going to be a large environmental impact from resale stores having to landfill their entire inventory of children's clothing. And since parents are not going to be able to donate or resell their children's existing clothing, it will also be landfilled.
Charitable thrift stores will lose the income they currently make from selling donated children's clothing. In addition to losing that income, they will have to bear the expense of disposing of children's garments left on their property which they can no longer sell.
Families who currently depend on being able to purchase their children's clothing used are going to have to bear the expense of purchasing brand new clothing. This will put a financial burden on many of our citizens who can least afford it. As a result, many of their children may not have clothing that fits well, is appropriate for the season, or is in good repair.
A great many for-profit resale stores will have to close, because they make most of their money from children's clothing, and if they can't sell it, they can't keep their doors open. Their employees will lose their jobs. Many charitable resale stores may have to close as well and lose their main source of income. And the communities of the for-profit resale stores will lose that sales tax revenue.
The risk of a child being injured by lead in their clothing is extremely small. If this regulation is imposed on existing children's clothing, it will do FAR MORE HARM THAN GOOD. In these tough economic times, this law will be increasing the cost of clothing for lower income families, causing local resale businesses to close, reducing local tax revenue, putting people out of work, and taking a large portion of income away from charities while increasing their operating expenses.
It would make much more sense to publish warnings about older children's clothing with metal charms and not enforce the CPSIA retroactively on existing clothing.
I thank you for your consideration.