LAKEWOOD RANCH — With 60,000 American homes suspected of containing tainted Chinese drywall including 30,000 in Florida, President Barack Obama must broach the subject of culpability with the Chinese president later this year, said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson today during a visit to a tainted home in Lakewood Ranch.
“That issue will be an agenda item when the president goes to China at the end of the year and visits with Chinese president Hu Jintao,” Nelson said, adding he will personally address the president about the drywall problem.
Nelson spent Tuesday morning visiting several homes containing drywall in Greenbrook Village.
The senator, who has recently written legislation to remedy the drywall problem, believes the manufacturers of the material should be held responsible to correct the problem and not necessarily the builders.
His bill, if made law, would initiate a drywall recall and would impose an immediate ban imported Chinese drywall.