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After public backlash, Consumer Safety Commission walks back ‘gas-stove threat’ position

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A prime example of the phrase ‘think before you speak’ occurred within the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this week. Commissioner Richard Trump Jr. caused a nationwide stir when he told media outlet Bloomberg News that gas stoves are “a hidden hazard.”

Trumka decisively said an outright ban is possible: “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” Trumka’s comments prompted ridicule and scrutiny by politicians, media and American citizens who cook for their families.

As a result, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric issued a statement Wednesday in an attempt to assure the public there was no intention to ban gas stoves as his colleague suggested.

“Over the past several days, there has been a lot of attention paid to gas stove emissions and to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” Hoehn-Saric wrote in an official statement released Wednesday. “To be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so.”

West Virginia’s Democratic senator Joe Manchin Tweeted Wednesday that the possibility of government intervention is a “recipe for disaster.”

“This is a recipe for disaster. The federal government has no business telling American families how to cook their dinner. I can tell you the last thing that would ever leave my house is the gas stove that we cook on,” Manchin wrote.

However, another Democrat, New York governor Kathy Hochul, has called for completely eliminating gas heating and appliances in all new construction projects by 2030.

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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