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Congressman Cleans Up

Sure, it’s an act, but it beats watching a bunch of suits standing at a lectern in the Congressional press gallery. In a video he posted recently on YouTube, Rep. Steve Israel gets down and dirty – actually, he gets down and cleans. Wearing a yellow tie and the sleeves of his blue shirt rolled up, the Long Island congressman grabs a rag and a spray bottle and makes like he’s cleaning around a sink “after a tough day of legislating.”

Then he launches into a pitch for the bill he introduced last year to require makers of household cleaners and other produces to disclose their ingredients on the labels – something that few currently do.

Steve Israel will be trying to get action on his bill, the Household Product Labeling Act (H.R. 3057), when Congress gets back to work. And we at EWG will be rooting for him because, as he says at the end of the one-minute video, “It’s time for big chemical companies to come clean.”


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