Congress Approves Chinese Drywall Bill

Daily Press – The clock almost ran out, but Chinese drywall legislation was overwhelmingly approved by Congress last week, sending the bill to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Had the bill not been approved by Jan. 2, legislators would have had to start over because the new Congress started on Jan. 3. Eric Bailey of Newport News and Colleen Stephens of Virginia Beach – both of whom have been activists on the toxic drywall issue for years – said they didn’t feel much like celebrating upon hearing the news. The drywall, imported from China during the building boom of the mid-2000s when U.S.-made drywall supplies were low, contained chemicals that corroded wires and caused appliances to malfunction.