Congress is back in session – lucky you!- and handling the tough issues of our time. Along with righting our economic crisis, ending our dependence on foreign oil, finding judges for American sing-off reality television shows, they’ve adopted a new crusade sure to take a heavy burden off the backs of millions of Americans who look at those little “pod” packets of laundry detergent and dish-washing agent and think to themselves, man, that looks like a tasty, tasty little morsel.
Now, if this does not sound like an issue that should take priority among our elected officials, you might be among the millions of Americans, some of them parents, who keep their laundry detergent out of reach of people who are children or who act like them. But you would not be Sen. Chuck Schumer, for whom this issue is very, very personal.
Since April, 40 local children in the city have mistakenly downed the colorful laundry packs such as Tide Pods, leading to numerous hospitalizations, some emergency intestinal surgery, and pangs of hunger of Sen. Charles Schumer.
“The incidents are skyrocketing,” Schumer said Sunday joined by several medical professionals. “These pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals. I saw one on my staffer’s desk and I wanted to eat it.”