Last night, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) successfully passed the first piece of legislation aiming to address the plight of American homeowners suffering from contaminated drywall in their homes since reports of the destructive material began to surface in 2009. The Drywall Wall Safety Act, co-introduced with Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA), would pressure the Chinese government to submit manufacturers of this tainted drywall to the jurisdiction of the U.S. court system and establish new safeguards to prevent this contaminated material from making its way into the homes of American families. Thousands of homeowners in Florida and thirty-eight other states have been victims of Chinese drywall that corrodes copper piping and wiring in homes, destroys household appliances, and is associated with an array of serious health problems.
Video: Deutch urges passage of Drywall Safety Act
“The passage of the Drywall Safety Act brings us one step closer to rectifying some of the damage done to the thousands of homeowners in Florida and across the country who have seen their household appliances destroyed, home values ruined, and health put at risk by contaminated Chinese Drywall,” said Congressman Deutch. “The Drywall Safety Act will increase pressure on the Chinese government to hold the manufacturers of this contaminated drywall accountable for the havoc wreaked on the lives of these families. This bipartisan legislation will also ban the importation of this sulfur-ridden material in order to ensure that no American family is ever again forced to endure illness or financial hardship as a result of contaminated Chinese drywall.”