Inez M. Tenenbaum, President Obama’s nominee for head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, faced questions yesterday regarding the nationwide concern over defective Chinese drywall during her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing. Tenenbaum appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and although she made no references as to the specific steps she would take to remedy the problem, she did promise that if she was selected to head the Commission, she would work tirelessly to find a resolution to the Chinese drywall issue.

Tenebaum’s plans include meeting with scientists and organizing a briefing during her first week on the job which would be aimed at putting together a specific schedule for when new drywall testing and conclusions were to be reached.

Tenebaum could potentially receive a final confirmation vote by the Senate before the July 4th recess. However, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) informed the committee that any written questions for Tenenbaum were to be submitted by the end of the day, which indicates that a final decision could be made sooner, rather than later.

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