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Senate advances bill to overhaul food safety
Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2010 | Lyndsey Layton

Posted on 11/18/2010 3:12:13 AM PST by don-o

The Senate moved forward Wednesday on long-awaited legislation that would overhaul the nation's food safety system, grant new powers to the Food and Drug Administration and make farmers and processors responsible for preventing food-borne illness.

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Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), himself a farmer, negotiated language into the bill late Wednesday to exempt small farmers who have annual sales of less than $500,000 and sell the majority of their product directly to consumers, restaurants and retailers in their state or nearby.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: food; foodsafety
Cloture passed with birartisan support. There are, I believe seven Republican co-sponsors signing on for more federal control of our food
1 posted on 11/18/2010 3:12:16 AM PST by don-o
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To: don-o

This seems to be the polished turd description of the bill.


2 posted on 11/18/2010 3:15:38 AM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: don-o
Cloture passed with birartisan support.

Bipartisan. But, had I misspelled it "biratisan" I could have invented a new FR classic

3 posted on 11/18/2010 3:15:50 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: listenhillary

It IS the Post, of course. This one is coming in under the radar.


4 posted on 11/18/2010 3:16:55 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: don-o

Still a bad bill, but exempting those under $500K in revenue makes it a fair amount less bad.


5 posted on 11/18/2010 3:17:45 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: don-o

” ... There are, I believe seven Republican co-sponsors signing on for more federal control of our food ... “

There are seven Republican co-sponsors who should be castrated upon sight! Any Questions?


6 posted on 11/18/2010 3:19:02 AM PST by J Edgar
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To: don-o

This is Jon Tester change is encouraging, but the whole bill makes government bigger and more intrusive without a funding mechanism to pay the new federal enforcement goons.

“Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), himself a farmer, negotiated language into the bill late Wednesday to exempt small farmers who have annual sales of less than $500,000 and sell the majority of their product directly to consumers, restaurants and retailers in their state or nearby.”
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“If the FDA had reason to believe a small farmer was producing unsafe food, it could revoke the exemption for that farmer, according to the provision.”


7 posted on 11/18/2010 3:19:55 AM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: J Edgar; Mrs. Don-o

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2628426/posts

Thread from yesterday. The cosponsors are listen in it somewhere


8 posted on 11/18/2010 3:21:31 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: don-o

” negotiated language into the bill late Wednesday to “

Can they do that *after* cloture has been voted??

Color me ‘suspicious’ - this sounds like a meaningless fig-leaf amendment to make headlines to mollify critics....


9 posted on 11/18/2010 3:21:44 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Future Useless Eater

ping


10 posted on 11/18/2010 3:22:35 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: don-o
seven Republican co-sponsors signing on for more federal control of our food

that is why we need a replacement for the Republican Party.If we get this one enacted there on top of the HealthCare law and the financial reform law then elections in 2012 won't matter much. These together give Washington pretty close to total control. What little is left can be easily regulated away.

The Republicans, no matter how TPed they are after the 2012 elections will not repeal a single thing that the Democrats, and in this case Republicans, have passed. They will trim and adjust and do favors for certain groups to make the provisions slightly less apparently onerous but they will repeal nothing. The Education Department is still there. EPA is still there and no one is even discussing dismantling them.

We work hard to elect our guys but they take office and are not our guys any more. They are government guys. We have simply put them on the other side by electing them.

11 posted on 11/18/2010 3:28:37 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: don-o

THE SOUP NAZI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3AOmZ2fps&NR=1


12 posted on 11/18/2010 3:30:16 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Red_Devil 232
Garden group will want this information on exempting small farmers.
13 posted on 11/18/2010 3:34:46 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: don-o

Thanks for posting this.

Hideous treason with some white-wash sounds like.

I applaud all efforts to scuttle this bill. Sounds like the globalists have decreed it will pass.

I still think folks need to send some heavy duty big dudes to meet with the congress critters from their local districts who are very capable of making emphatic points about not even hinting that they’ll vote for that bill.

God . . . at some point, will not be merciful to treasonous folks who are determined to outlaw sane survival growing of one’s own food, supplements, vitamins etc.

This is one of the most hideous things I’ve ever heard of connected with congress and D.C.

imho, every congress critter that has the least positive thing about this legislation needs to be spat at, shunned and otherwise communicated to that they have now crossed into the realm of bits of human garbage not suited to acknowledge as existing on the planet.

If you get the drift that I’m against this legislation . . . you’re in the right direction.


14 posted on 11/18/2010 3:37:19 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: arthurus

Arthurus, I totally agree with your post in #11.


15 posted on 11/18/2010 3:38:41 AM PST by Old_Grouch (63 and AARP-free. Monthly FR contributor.)
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To: J Edgar

Castrated . . . indeed . . . at a different anatomical point.


16 posted on 11/18/2010 3:38:50 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix
Ok, I'm not medically qualified to ascertain the best remedy for these diseased vermin!
17 posted on 11/18/2010 3:47:01 AM PST by J Edgar
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To: don-o

Is this the bill that outlaws “dust” blowing around????


18 posted on 11/18/2010 3:51:47 AM PST by radioone (Proud to be an enemy of Obama)
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To: J Edgar

Welllllllllllllllllll

what they are due . . . ain’t very kosher to articulate.

Thankfully, God has such scheduled in His way, in His time.

It’s just that their destructiveness will have it’s season.

Sigh.


19 posted on 11/18/2010 3:59:58 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: don-o
Egad. Reading that "article", which was nothing but pure partisan cheerleading for this awful bill, was painful. The idiot writer didn't even bother to put the bill name or number in the article, so anyone who wasn't up this would have great difficulty even finding this in the Thomas system.

The bill, Senate Bill 510, is 266 pages of more Democrat statism designed to destroy American businesses and force our food supply to move overseas.

20 posted on 11/18/2010 4:11:30 AM PST by snowsislander (Chicago-style politics at a national level is a national disgrace.)
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To: scott says
UNION SUNDOWN
Bob Dylan

They used to grow food in Kansas
Now they want to grow it on the moon and eat it raw
I can see the day coming when even your home garden
Is gonna be against the law

21 posted on 11/18/2010 4:12:31 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: don-o

“The FDA has said it does not have enough resources to conduct regular inspections.”

...translation....bigger budget requests...hire more people...bigger government.


22 posted on 11/18/2010 4:13:12 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: snowsislander

Thank you for posting. I just wanted something to post to get FReepers moving to see what, if anything. can be done. Looks like a lost cause in the Senate. If I am correct, it passed the House and we may need to fire up the House to kill reconciliation.


23 posted on 11/18/2010 4:15:16 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: don-o

More BIG gov. Any Rep. supporting this is a RINO.


24 posted on 11/18/2010 4:19:45 AM PST by G-Man 1 (-- get)
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To: don-o

Like we had them all fired up to kill Obamacare? That worked out well, didn’t it?

Well, hopefully the house Republicans won’t be quite as eager to impose their will on us as the Democrats were.


25 posted on 11/18/2010 4:20:01 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: don-o
Looks like a lost cause in the Senate. If I am correct, it passed the House and we may need to fire up the House to kill reconciliation.

From looking at the legislative actions, I believe that it hasn't made it to the House yet — there is listed a related house bill, H.R.1332, the "Safe FEAST Act", but it hasn't moved out of committee.

Now's the time to fight this in the Senate.

26 posted on 11/18/2010 4:20:41 AM PST by snowsislander (Chicago-style politics at a national level is a national disgrace.)
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To: snowsislander

” I believe that it hasn’t made it to the House yet “

The House version of this bill - HR 3808, if I remember correctly - passed in late July....

And I wouldn’t put much faith in ‘reconciliation’ - if Porkulus and Obamacare are any guide, this will come out of Conference Committee a *worse* bill than was passed by either house, incorporating the worst aspects of both, and stripping away any protections for we-the-people....


27 posted on 11/18/2010 4:26:28 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike

If that is the case and cloture was invoked with 74 votes - we are sooooo screwed.

Again


28 posted on 11/18/2010 4:29:49 AM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: don-o

” we are sooooo screwed. “

Yup - and icing on the cake — Conference Committee reports cannot be filibustered or amended - it’s a straight up-or-down, simple-majority vote...

Cloture was our last chance to kill this thing....


29 posted on 11/18/2010 4:34:32 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike
The House version of this bill - HR 3808, if I remember correctly - passed in late July....

HR 3808 is the bill related to notarizations which expands the legal recognition of "electronic notarization".

30 posted on 11/18/2010 4:35:27 AM PST by snowsislander (Chicago-style politics at a national level is a national disgrace.)
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To: snowsislander

My bad - I looked up two house bills yesterday...

H.R. 2749: Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (GovTrack.us)

is the one I was referring to.....


31 posted on 11/18/2010 4:39:22 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: J Edgar

When do we cut their balls off?

LLS


32 posted on 11/18/2010 4:41:23 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: exDemMom

We need to hold house Republicans’ feet to the fire...

They deserve NO latitude on ANY issue...and what is more, they must rehabilitate the image voters have of ‘Republicans’ in Congress and Conservatism, nationally.

I have never understood why/how this could confuse anyone. The Conservative platform is SO direct, unambiguous and consistent….. how is it possible that our ‘representatives’ stray so far from the message?

If the new guys feel they have to suffer for the sins of others, well… so be it.

These guys CANNOT put a foot wrong… too much is at stake and the meter is running. Alert, cautious and angry voters are by now, hyper-sensitized to Congressmen who conduct themselves as if they are not accountable.

We have a situation in this country now, where the word ‘taxpayer’ is equivalent to ‘victim’.

No government of ANY stripe should push citizens to the place we now find ourselves in this country. It is a dangerous and volatile socio/political environment and needlessly so. A great deal of the alienation and rancor has been ‘self-induced’ and totally gratuitous. Politicians (Liberals especially) have willfully and irresponsibly toyed with the enviable social stability of America. FIE!!!! .

Conservatives have NEVER challenged civil or human rights in this country and resent charges that we do. We recognize these rights AND we recognize HARD-EARNED rights. However, groundless and repeated Liberal accusations have created a miasmic political atmosphere, where little more is needed in motivating honest citizens to go against their own conscience in a desperate effort to retain and exercise their HARD-EARNED rights!! ENOUGH!!

I am by no means wealthy, but Tea Party candidates and that organization will receive donations from me.


33 posted on 11/18/2010 4:59:16 AM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: don-o

TN’s Corker and Alexander were yes votes

Toll-Free number to the Congressional Switchboard

(866) 338-1015


34 posted on 11/18/2010 7:43:59 AM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: GailA

bump


35 posted on 11/18/2010 12:53:33 PM PST by don-o (Wait. What?)
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To: don-o; 2ndDivisionVet; 9YearLurker; arthurus; Bean Counter; bestintxas; blam; broken_arrow1; ...
The exemption is worthless!

They base it on SALES, not on PROFITS, and I believe farmers have a small profit margin, so this would apply to just an extremely small mom/pop operation.

Worse than that, if even THIS small time operation was to do something politically incorrect, like selling raw milk, or grass-fed lard, (or just selling in the wrong 'turf') and they caught the ire of this administration, they would STILL lose their exemption and be bankrupted by the FDA!
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), himself a farmer, negotiated language into the bill late Wednesday to exempt small farmers who have annual sales of less than $500,000 ...

If the FDA had reason to believe a small farmer was producing unsafe food, it could revoke the exemption for that farmer, according to the provision.

36 posted on 11/18/2010 10:33:40 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: SMARTY
No government of ANY stripe should push citizens to the place we now find ourselves in this country. It is a dangerous and volatile socio/political environment and needlessly so. A great deal of the alienation and rancor has been ‘self-induced’ and totally gratuitous. Politicians (Liberals especially) have willfully and irresponsibly toyed with the enviable social stability of America. FIE!!!! .

Conservatives have NEVER challenged civil or human rights in this country and resent charges that we do. We recognize these rights AND we recognize HARD-EARNED rights. However, groundless and repeated Liberal accusations have created a miasmic political atmosphere, where little more is needed in motivating honest citizens to go against their own conscience in a desperate effort to retain and exercise their HARD-EARNED rights!! ENOUGH!!-- SMARTY

"... all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."--1776 Declaration of Independence

37 posted on 11/19/2010 3:43:51 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Future Useless Eater

INDEED.

HOLLOW MILK-SOPS ARE NO HELP.


38 posted on 11/19/2010 4:58:22 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Uncle Ike
” we are sooooo screwed. “

You know the real news beat is TSA patdowns?

39 posted on 11/19/2010 7:05:18 AM PST by cornelis
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