The Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to delay its vote on the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rule that would ban harmful hair products from the marketplace.
The panel’s move comes after Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Democrat on the committee, said in a statement that the rule “could have a devastating impact on women’s health.”
Alexander added that the proposal “would further restrict access to lifesaving hair care products.”
The rule, which is slated for finalization in March, would bar some hair products that contain chemicals such as triclosan, sulfadiazine, parabens, and benzalkonium chloride.
The rule is designed to protect women’s skin and hair from the chemical.
“It is our hope that this vote will send a strong signal to Congress that we will not tolerate the harmful and dangerous chemical ingredients in many of these products,” Alexander said in his statement.
The FDA said in January that it plans to issue its final rule on hair care and beauty products later this year.
The agency has also proposed the use of the rule to prohibit products from containing paraben, benzalkons, and styrene in hair care applications, but the rule has yet to be finalized.
The commission is also weighing a proposal to ban a chemical used in the creation of some hair care brands called p-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHAB).
The proposal is expected to face stiff resistance from manufacturers and lawmakers, who worry that PHAB could cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin and other health concerns.
In the Senate, the House passed the rule without a single Republican vote.
The Senate will vote on its own version of the bill next week.