Throw another log on the fire and add this bill to the list of sh** that needs to be repealed; S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was passed quietly this past evening by the entire Senate in unison….traitors all.
In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill
The Senate unexpectedly approved food safety legislation by unanimous consent Sunday evening, rescuing a bill that floated in limbo for weeks because of a clerical error.
The Senate passed the Food Safety and Modernization Act on Nov. 30 by a vote of 73-25. But the bill was later invalidated by a technical objection because it was a revenue-raising measure that did not originate in the House — Senate staff had failed to substitute the food safety language into a House-originated bill.
A coalition of groups supporting the bill sent a letter Sunday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) calling for action on food safety.
“Our organizations are writing to support attaching S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, to the Senate’s proposed short-term continuing resolution,” the groups wrote. “Strong food-safety legislation will reduce the risk of contamination and provide FDA with the resources and authorities the agency needs to help make prevention the focus of our food safety strategies.”
The American Public Health Association, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union and other groups signed the letter.
Democrats first attempted to attach the food safety bill to the two-and-a-half-month spending measure but Republicans balked because they wanted to keep that measure clean, according to Senate aides.
Republicans, however, later agreed to pass it by unanimous consent.
Reid announced he would send the legislation — this time properly attached to a House-originated measure — back to the lower chamber for final approval.
“Our food safety system has not been updated in almost a century. Families in Nevada and across America should never have to worry about whether the food they put on their table is safe,” Reid said in a statement. “This is a common-sense issue with broad bipartisan support.
“Tonight we unanimously passed a measure to improve on our current food safety system by giving the FDA the resources it needs to keep up with advances in food production and marketing, without unduly burdening farmers and food producers,” he said.
The legislation is a high priority for Reid and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
Reid’s staff earlier in the day had told a coalition of groups supporting the legislation that it had a chance of passing but the prospects appeared to dim as Sunday wore on. The swift approval by unanimous consent caught some aides and lobbyists working on it by surprise.
Sen. Tom Coburn, the outspoken conservative Republican from Oklahoma, had been blocking the legislation. He lifted his objection at the final moment.
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Hah! You always say it just right, RL!
Monster – here’s more mischief: the Martial Law Rule, which allows for the same-day consideration of any bill with very little notice from the Majority. The House is voting on this NOW! Why do we need a “Martial Law Rule”????????
Because they are just itching to institute martial law so they can get away with killing, searching and jailing us all.
It’s a race Gilia to see who ends up at the top of the hill. We must rise above the game.
We must, and we will!!
The house will pass this bill in a heartbeat, as it is simply the government take over of all food and food production. Another tenant of Communism is accomplished while the American people moo in the fields. First the banks, then the auto industry, followed by healthcare, and now agriculture. America is not waking up as we continue to fall for government misdirection ploys led by the POS Communist Barack Obama. Communism has come to America and we have done nothing to stop it. You always get what you have earned and we have earned the slavery of Communism.
People who think Obama hasn’t accomplished anything better open their eyes and ears as he and Reid and Pelosi have taken most of our freedoms while we did nothing but beat our gums as Putin predicted. Sarah Palin warned us a year ago that once they got all this crap into place it would be almost impossible to change it.
Washington is corrupt and evil, and all of the politicians are on board with the push to communism. America has become the proud owner of the most progressive tax system in the world.
All praise Comrade Obama!
while most of the moos are out adding to the commercialization of Christmas, the Obama minions are still pushing their communist agenda. I agree with you , Spark, we have been warned, but too many of us have not heeded that warning.
What about the 20th Amendment? Wasn’t that passed for just such a time as this – when a lame duck congress is venting revenge by dumping on us everything they can get by with up to the very last minute of their hold on Washington?
Problem is, we have got to hope that the next two years will be spent repealing all of the illegal bullchite laws these corrupt craven idiots have passed in the last two years.
We’d better hope they do…
Nada is going to be repealed in the next two years – we just have to make it to the two after these.
Those putrid p*$$pots are a formidable enemy, but…in all honesty…there are STILL more of US than there are of them. I believe with all my heart, soul and breath in my body that we WILL prevail over these $h*tbags.
Hey, you know what they say…if Ginger could dance like that in heels…AND going backwards…anything is possible if you want it badly enough!
And WE DO want our country and Constitution back!
They are passing a whole heap of bills in this lame duck session..I feel sick. Repub rinos are in on this… vote them out. These people are sick in the head. Holder saying Americans are terrorists and he can’t sleep at night over it. He doesn’t look like he’s lost any sleep. These pigs are such liars. They passed all their bills now except for dream act.
They sold us out.
The Senate has passed the Start Treaty which is intended to weaken our military. They also have their eyes set on the FCC taking control of the internet. Obama’s propaganda machine, the MSM are beholden to their communist master and will never inform the American people about what’s really going on in this country. All of us who are speaking out will soon be in great danger. It is really sad that so many Americans are in denial about the communist takeover of America. The time may be past when we could have made the hard choice to stand up and stop these communist bastards.
Obama was a known communist, probably not a citizen, and probably a Muslim but the morons in this country elected him anyway.
Obama and his minions have now pulled off the greatest power grab in the history of the modern world, they have seized the banks, health care system, agriculture, education, mortgage companies, auto companies, and successfully weakened our military. They have now set their sights on the internet. All of these things have nothing to do with bettering America, but everything to do with controlling the wealth
and enslaving the American people.
Fellow Patriots what can we do now?