WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for the resignation of the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission following the millions of recalls of Chinese-made toys.
Nancy Nord, the agency's acting head, has been under fire in Congress for opposing Democrats' legislation to expand her agency's budget and work.
''Any commission chair who does not, in the face of the facts that are so clear, say we don't need any more authority or any more resources to do our job, does not understand the gravity of the situation,'' said Pelosi, who has been joined in her call for Nord's resignation by other Democrats in the House and Senate. ''I call on the president of the United States to ask for the resignation.''
Nord, in an Oct. 24 letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, said a Democratic bill that would expand her agency ''could have the unintended consequence of hampering, rather than furthering, consumer product safety.''
In earlier hearings in front of Congress, Nord had asked for additional funds for her agency.