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House Passes Public Safety Legislation Authored By Congressman Krishnamoorthi As Part Of The Moving Forward Act

July 1, 2020
Press Release
Krishnamoorthi’s Amendments To Transportation And Infrastructure Bill Would Address Distracted Driving And Make Child Booster Seats Safer

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) hailed the passage of the Moving Forward Act, a transportation and infrastructure package which he cosponsored and which included two pieces of legislation he authored. The Congressman’s first amendment was based on a bipartisan piece of legislation, the SAFE TO DRIVE Act, which he co-led with Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08), to reduce distracted driving. The second amendment, which the Congressman co-authored with Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), requires clearer height and weight requirement labels on children’s booster seats to reduce the serious dangers posed by children using the wrong size seat.

“As a proud cosponsor of the Moving Forward Act, I am grateful that my amendments were included in this essential legislation to strengthen our infrastructure and our economy,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “My amendment to expand distracted driving grant programs is a crucial step to mitigating the disturbing loss of life we see every day in America when drivers fail to keep their eyes on the road. Appropriately-sized booster seats can help keep children safe, but ill-fitting seats put them at risk. That’s why I was proud to author the legislation included in this bill which requires better labeling of booster seats to allow parents to find the right size and keep their children safe in the event of an accident.” 

The Congressman’s bipartisan anti-distracted driving amendment, which is based on his bill, the SAFE TO DRIVE Act, would help prevent distracted driving by creating a new grant program for states that bans non-navigational viewing and ensuring that states have robust resources to promote campaigns to reduce distracted driving. 

The Congressman’s amendment regarding children’s booster seat labels requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revise the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) to require that booster seat child restraint systems contain a clear label on the packaging of the car seat and car seat itself that includes

(1) A label stating the following: ‘‘For use of children who are over 40 lbs and four years old or older’’.

(2) A label stating the following: ‘‘Strongly recommended children use this seat only when they reach either the height or weight limit for a child harness car seat as indicated by the manufacturer’’.

(3) On the harness package, a label stating the following: ‘‘To prevent possible child injury or death it is important to delay the transition from a 5-point harness seat to a booster seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the harness’ weight or height limits as set by the manufacturer’’.

The amendment also requires NHTSA to release a report every six months on where they stand regarding the side impact rule.

H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, is sweeping transportation and infrastructure legislation which would provide crucial funding to help rebuild America’s roads, bridges, schools, and digital infrastructure while boosting its economy in the process through provisions that include:

  • Investing nearly $500 billion in construction and rebuilding of highways, bridges, rail transit systems, and airports
  • Modernizing our energy infrastructure through a $70 billion transformation of our electrical grid to make it more efficient, secure, and compatible with renewable energy sources
  • Investing $130 billion in school infrastructure to ensure the safety of America’s students
  • Expanding access to high-speed internet in underserved communities
  • Upgrading our health care infrastructure through a $30 billion investment in our system’s capacity and the quality of care