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The Perils of Constitutional Ignorance (The Food Safety Bill Appears to be DEAD!!!)
NRO ^ | 12/17/2010

Posted on 12/17/2010 12:43:12 PM PST by Uncledave

The food safety bill is almost certainly dead. Why? Don’t blame it on GOP obstructionism — while Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) robustly opposed the bill, citing its unpaid-for $1.4 billion price tag, and its new (and ineffective, he argued) regulations, that didn’t stop plenty of Republican senators from backing it.

Instead, it’s because Senate majority leader Harry Reid forgot about that pesky constitutional requirement that all taxes originate in the House.

Here’s the background: The Food Safety bill passed the House in 2009. It had stalled in the Senate, to many Democrats’ dismay, and so Reid spent valuable days during the lame-duck session on debating and voting on the bill. In the end, the bill passed by a comfortable margin, 73 to 25. The White House issued a jubilant statement and urged the House to act quickly to reconcile the Senate and House versions.

And then they discovered that because the Senate bill raised revenues it was unconstitutional. So, the solution became to pass a constitutional food safety bill — as part of the omnibus spending bill.

Since that failed last night, it looks like the food safety legislation is dead. While Democrats are hoping to include the legislation in the continuing resolution, a GOP senate aide told The Hill that won’t be happening.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dumb; food; luck

1 posted on 12/17/2010 12:43:15 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

Thank you, God.

Harry Reid is just as stupid as we thought he was.

This bill & all of it’s tentacles has to die a fast & permanent death!!!!


2 posted on 12/17/2010 12:46:35 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Uncledave

This was a very scary bill that would have squished private gardeners and folks who sell in farmers markets. May it never rise from the ashes.


3 posted on 12/17/2010 12:48:17 PM PST by lurk
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To: Uncledave; All

I thought the purpose of the bill was to enable more inspection of people like the industrial sized growers involved in the recent infected lettuce and similar toxic problems.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 12:49:33 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: lurk
This was a very scary bill that would have squished private gardeners and folks who sell in farmers markets. May it never rise from the ashes.

Dang it, I spent HOURS planning my black-market strategy to deal with this bill.

5 posted on 12/17/2010 12:51:00 PM PST by nina0113
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To: ridesthemiles
Yes, pray that he stops their evil plans this weekend. He is the only one who can. And pray hard for a new Great Awakening. The Devil knows it's coming, that's why he is fighting so hard.
6 posted on 12/17/2010 12:57:33 PM PST by cowboyusa
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To: Uncledave
And then they discovered that because the Senate bill raised revenues it was unconstitutional...

You mean Obama, the great and brilliant "Constitutional law professor", didn't ALREADY KNOW that?

7 posted on 12/17/2010 1:00:59 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: nina0113
I have a feeling you will need to rely on all those HOURS and experence if you continue to live in the U.S.
8 posted on 12/17/2010 1:01:25 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nina0113

Psssst. Hey, buddy, c’mere. Yeah, you! c’mere. Wanna’ buy some squash? How ‘bout a peck of green beans?


9 posted on 12/17/2010 1:04:12 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: gleeaikin
I thought the purpose of the bill was to enable more inspection of people like the industrial sized growers involved in the recent infected lettuce and similar toxic problems.

That is what it probably said in bold face caps in labeling the bill. Like most other bills, it is the fine print or sloppily(?) worded regulations where the Devil in the detail lurks.

10 posted on 12/17/2010 1:08:32 PM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Uncledave

The idiot, corrupt and stupid Republican bastards that voted *for* this monstrous *food safety* act, need to be remembered.

I do not have a list of those Senators. Anyone?


11 posted on 12/17/2010 1:09:32 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: gleeaikin

The bill gave the FDA control of all forms of food production, distribution or storage in the US.

All entities covered would be required to be licensed.

Considering the folks who produced this bill I cannot imagine its purpose was limited to food safety.


12 posted on 12/17/2010 1:13:35 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Uncledave

A lot of red state Republiks voted for this.


13 posted on 12/17/2010 1:19:57 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: Uncledave

Lets face it nothing is safe until congress is out of town


14 posted on 12/17/2010 1:48:24 PM PST by GJ15
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To: lurk
This was a very scary bill that would have squished private gardeners and folks who sell in farmers markets. May it never rise from the ashes.

I hope we can squash him like a bug one day. He is a total scum.

15 posted on 12/17/2010 2:27:16 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: Uncledave

Thank God. That bill was a nightmare.


16 posted on 12/17/2010 2:39:12 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Uncledave

Can we please make a concerted effort to pressure our reps to convene a special committee to look into the prosecution these criminals


17 posted on 12/17/2010 2:43:46 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: onyx

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00257


18 posted on 12/17/2010 3:22:57 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: onyx
The idiot, corrupt and stupid Republican bastards that voted *for* this monstrous *food safety* act, need to be remembered.

Dismembered, more like it.

In the sense of being removed from their membership, of course.

19 posted on 12/17/2010 3:25:57 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: Oatka

I don’t attribute what was in this bill to sloppiness. They knew exactly what they were going for.


20 posted on 12/17/2010 3:27:45 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: ridesthemiles

Before we point blame and offer congratulations, consider that God works in mysterious ways.


21 posted on 12/17/2010 4:06:51 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: lurk

This was a very scary bill that would have squished private gardeners and folks who sell in farmers markets. May it never rise from the ashes.

********************

The whole intent was to create protected monopolies.

Pure racketeering, with the US gov as a criminal accomplice.

Alter or abolish it.


22 posted on 12/17/2010 6:32:40 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Uncledave

BTTT!


23 posted on 12/17/2010 8:19:38 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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