When President Obama visits China this week, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson wants him to press the Chinese government to compensate Florida homeowners for defective drywall.
“I have asked (Obama) and his staff to take up this issue when he meets with the president of China because the ultimate party that’s responsible is going to have to come up with the financing to help our people,” Nelson said before a meeting with local elected officials.
Many homeowners blame the imported building material for causing respiratory problems and foul odors in their houses.
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to find a responsible party that will make these homeowners whole. And that’s the government of China. Because it is the Chinese government that allowed defective Chinese toys years ago to come in and they’re allowing this defective Chinese drywall,” Nelson said.
“I see it as a matter of negotiation that will be taken up by the presidential party in this high-level meeting.”