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Drywall Legislation Passes House, Heads To Senate

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For more than a decade, some homeowners in Virginia and Florida have had to deal with the devastating effects of putting Chinese drywall in their homes. Sulfurous gases in the drywall are highly corrosive and have made thousands of homes uninhabitable, eroding pipes and causing respiratory illnesses.

Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell ushered a bill through the House to set higher standards for drywall and to help families recover.

"This is not a partisan issue," says Rigell. "It's an American problem. We're moving in the direction of holding the manufacturers of the dry wall in China accountable for, really, the damage they've done, not only to the financial situation of so many Americans, but also the health side of it as well."

Rigell's legislation is now awaiting Senate action when Congress reconvenes in November. But lawmakers have a busy schedule and it's unclear if senators will take up his bill.

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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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