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S. 1259: Safe Cribs Act

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Should the products be given the “bump” from store shelves?

Context

Cribs for babies and infants used to have the slats spaced further apart. As a result, they would often include — or parents would choose to separately buy — cotton pads called “crib bumpers,” to prevent the child’s head from falling through that space.

But in recent years, cribs are now designed with the slats spaced closer together, eliminating the need for bumper pads. Yet some parents still use them anyway, either for aesthetic reasons, or to prevent a child’s arms or legs from going through the open space between slats. (Although that arm or leg issue is more of a nuisance than an actual threat of serious injury or death.)

Between 1985 and 2012, 48 babies …

Sponsor and status

Tammy Duckworth

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Illinois. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2022
Length: 4 pages
Introduced
Apr 20, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Passed Senate (House next) on Mar 23, 2022

This bill passed in the Senate on March 23, 2022 and goes to the House next for consideration.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.

Cosponsors

3 Cosponsors (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)

Prognosis
23% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
Source

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Robs Rundown: Week of April 18 April 23, 2021
    — Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 23, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates new spending due to S. 1259 will be negligible.

History

Apr 20, 2021
 
Introduced

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Apr 28, 2021
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Feb 1, 2022
 
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Mar 23, 2022
 
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
 
Passed House

 
Signed by the President

S. 1259 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1259. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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