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CPSC tip-over proposal_HFA GRAT Blog 1_4-2022
Chris Andresen
CPSC tip-over proposal: Your input is needed

Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) denied an industry request, co-signed by HFA, to extend the comment period for their clothing storage unit tip-over safety standard. Public comments are due to the CPSC by April 19, 2022. It is critical that the furniture retail voice is represented as they

HFA GRAT Blog_CPSC proposal on tip-over safety
Chris Andresen
CPSC proposal on tip-over safety

On January 19th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously, 4-0, to advance its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) on a mandatory safety standard for Clothing Storage Unit tip-overs. The text in the CPSC proposal was initially published in July 2021, but the Commission did not receive a staff

New Year Continuing Legislative Issues_HFA GRAT-BLOG
Chris Andresen
New Year, Continuing Legislative Issues

Build Back Better Congressional Democrats and the White House spent the last several months of 2021 working to enact President Biden’s signature legislative priority, the Build Back Better Act. This proposed legislative piece is key to advancing the Administration’s economic recovery agenda. The House passed its version before Thanksgiving in

Be the Game-Changer_HFA-CEO Blog
Mark Schumacher
The Game-Changer – Can you hear us now?

When I look at 2021 through the lens of advocacy, I must tell you that it was a game-changer for our industry and the home furnishings association. That’s something I say on many different levels. First, the sheer volume of issues we weighed in on, the positions we presented, and

STURDY Act_HFA blog
Mark Schumacher
STURDY Act: Cause for alarm

On the surface, the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act, which passed the House in June 2021 and is under consideration in the Senate, seems straightforward. It heralds strict new mandatory requirements to address furniture tip-overs. Unfortunately, the intentions of the STURDY Act simply don’t translate

Biden Administration Vaccine Mandate_HFA-Blog
Chris Andresen
Biden Administration Vaccine Mandate

*Disclaimer: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (based in New Orleans, LA) has issued a temporary, national injunction (pause) against the OSHA vaccine mandate. Republican Attorneys General in 26 states and other stakeholders have challenged the rule in federal court. The ruling and subsequent lawsuits put the

Supply chain crisis is HFA's priority
Tim Timmons
Supply chain crisis is HFA’s priority

The supply chain crisis is nothing new for furniture retailers – it’s been an unfortunate reality for our industry over the last several years, with many inefficiencies exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19. In several instances this year, President Biden has focused on the supply chain, either by Executive Order

HFA GRAT_Infrastructure Package and a Path Forward
Chris Andresen
Infrastructure Package and a Path Forward

For most of the summer, President Biden and congressional leaders have been working on the two main components of the President’s legislative agenda – implementing the American Jobs and Families Plans. Early on, a bipartisan working group in the Senate carved out physical transportation/infrastructure assets to develop the Infrastructure Investment

Consistent Advocacy Engagement Leads to Results_HFA-GRAT
Chris Andresen
Consistent Advocacy Engagement Leads to Results

Consistency in advocacy engagement has been the main pillar of HFA’s Government Relations Action Team (GRAT) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In October 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a Section 301 investigation into alleged misconduct in Vietnam related to currency manipulation and illegal logging. The announcement jolted the furniture

Infrastructure Bill-Get It Done_HFA-GRAT
Mark Schumacher
Infrastructure Bill: Get It Done

We saw something that we haven’t seen in quite some time, a compromise on Capitol Hill. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, supported by the Biden Administration, was debated in the Senate, passed with a strong bipartisan vote, and sent to the House. For years, there’s been talk about the

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