If Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, has his way, the public won’t know about complaints made about defective or dangerous goods to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. As is, the only way for people to learn of the safety complaints about power tools, baby strollers or anything else is to file an open-records request. As part of the spending bill that passed the House on Feb. 19, Pompeo persuaded his colleagues to deny funding for the complaints database, a $3 million initiative scheduled to launch March 11, arguing that it would include false information and “increase the cost for manufacturers and consumers.” But Pompeo gives Americans too little credit for their ability to assess the information on its merits.
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