UPDATED Sunday Surprise: Food Safety Bill Passes Senate

Aaron Flint posted on December 20, 2010 08:40 :: 1839 Views


The conservative blog, HotAir.com, is taking Senate Republicans to task for allowing the passage of the food safety bill. 

Click here for the full article, here’s an excerpt:

Chalk one up for the Senate Republicans in the category of “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.”  They had Harry Reid on the hook for fouling up a food-safety bill that the Wall Street Journal called a bonanza for big producers.  Instead of forcing the issue to wait for a new Congress and an approach that didn’t impose new costs and regulatory burdens that puts small producers at a disadvantage, the GOP agreed to allow the bill to pass through the Senate last night without any objections.

ORIGINAL POST Mon. Dec. 20th, 2010

A food safety bill, that just days earlier appeared to be dead, is now back.  And, according to The Packer, an amendment by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) to exempt “small” growers is included. 

I should clarify, of course, that by “small” growers- the amendment really only covers the farmers market type growers.  The typical family farm in Montana would not be exempt from the new regulations. 

Click here for full article, here’s an excerpt:

A weekend of negotiations between Senate Democrats and Republicans led to the bill’s unanimous approval Sunday night, according to The Washington Post’s website. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reached an agreement that included the GOP’s withdrawal of a filibuster threat, according to the Post.

In a surprise move, the Senate on Sunday passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, reviving the legislation had appeared dead.

The bill, with the Tester Amendment intact, goes to the House for approval.



Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:17 AM

After the approval of the bill, lots of issues have come out. It’s being said that the bill would also require the FDA to inspect the farms and food processing facilities regularly. The food safety bill was approved by Congress on Tuesday. A younger parliamentary glitch within the Senate and partisan bickering in the House of Representatives put the bill’s future in question. A solution to the issue unexpectedly emerged and now the FDA will be a more effective force in protecting the nation’s food supply.

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