Skip to comments.In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill (Why even have a GOP?)
Posted on 12/19/2010 6:00:46 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
... "Republicans, however, later agreed to pass it by unanimous consent."
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
I mean, really. Why are they even there?
GOP is a joke anymore!
I am so pissed at the GOP. They are so pwned by the corn lobby and corporate agri-business.
Did they even read it?
You have to ask?
The law of averages says that over time Congress would pass at least one bill that benefited us. The fact that they haven't shows they're acting in concert against us.
Does anybody know what’s in it? I can’t help believe that it’s another abomination. They’re getting more through in the lame session than the previous two years. It’s utterly disgusting.
We’re given more power and resources to unaccountable bureaucracies. Between that and the courts ruling by fiat, ours is no longer a representative republic.
Wow. This is a really seriously dangerous law, done in the cover of darkness.
It gives the government, in consort with mega agri-business, the ability to starve or crush anyone who tries to farm or sell produce on their own.
This is the most tragic lame duck session in history.
Lets start putting together a back-up plan.
Throughout our history authors, alarmists and other nefarious actors have predicted we will wake up one day and find that our Republic has been taken over by a corrupt, socialist, ruling class without one shot being fired.
That day is now...
“Lets start putting together a back-up plan.”
We are SO screwed.
We had better start soon.
The GOP needs to be replaced. Replaced.
By the tea party.
Not cooperated with. Not helped.
Taken over. This is absurd. They’re spineless.
I want Sarah and the Tea Party Senate NOW!
I can’t believe it.
I can’t believe this.
I posed this question on the other thread - which was pulled...
For the Parliamentarians and Legislative Scholars out there —
This bill, in its final form was passed by the House AS PART OF the Omnibus Spending Bill, which was subsequently defeated in its entirety....
How can the Senate now peel this part away from the Omnibus Spending Bill, and pass it as a stand-alone, if it was never passed by the House as a stand-alone??
Something stinks here - even more than the customary DC Stench....
We need the TEA party to de-fund this abomination!
IOW it did not initiate in the House as the Big C requires?
How can this be squared with the admonished ‘Victory gardens’?
In 60 years we went from plant your own gardens to free up food for our war effort, to plant at your own risk of being arrested?
We can no longer ‘work within the system’. It’s tme for the alternative.
The GOP has very clearly learned NOTHING. The ONLY message they will ever understand is when donations come to a screeching halt. The GOP is infected with a MRSA-like disease - RINOism that will kill it eventually.
Needs to be in Breaking, please.
The Gardening Thread Group needs to know about this!!!
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Bad News Ping Red...
What’s the point of the GOP??
I mean, really. Why are they even there?
This food safery bill was only supported by the Free Trader Communist Globalist element....it had real opposition from both left and right. And, this will be just another welfare program for the Multi-Nationals
The Gardening Thread Group needs to know about this!!!
“without one shot being fired.”....yet. Roll over in your earth, dweller. I have not yet begun to fight.
I’m am so pissed right now, it’s not even funny.
.....screwed beyond repair now....
2k rounds of 5.56, with reloading ability.
This will hurt small family farms!!
FOOD SAFETY BILL THIS EVENING
CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS TODAY
(Credit to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance for this alert)
For Texas, our U.S. Senators are Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, both of which support this bill that favors the very largest food producers while very likely putting a lot of the small producers out of business due to excessive regulation and cost of compliance.
The final vote on S.510, the Food safety Modernization Act, is scheduled for this evening (Monday, November 29). The first step will be a cloture vote to allow the Managers Package version of the bill to proceed, which will require 60 votes. Four amendments will then be debated, followed by a final vote on the bill.
As it currently stands, the Managers Package of the bill includes the Tester-Hagan amendment. For many months, we have been pushing for this amendment to be included in the bill to carve out a sphere of protection for small-scale, direct marketing producers. The version of the Tester-Hagan amendment that is included in the bill exempts producers grossing under $500,000 (adjusted for inflation) and selling more than half of their products directly to qualified end users from the HACCP-type requirements and the produce safety standards. Qualified end users means individual consumers (with no geographic limitation), or restaurants and retail food establishments that are EITHER located in the same state OR within 275 miles of the producer. While complex, this amendment effectively carves out small-scale producers who are selling in-state or to local foodsheds from two of the most burdensome provisions of the bill.
At the same time, we dont think S.510 is a good bill even with the amendment. It increases FDAs power, which will undoubtedly lead to even more battles between FDA and local food producers and consumers. FDA has abused the powers it already has, and that will almost certainly continue, with or without this bill.
We also know that Big Agribusiness is NOT happy with the inclusion of the Tester-Hagan amendment in the bill. Groups such as the Produce Marketing Association and the Western Growers Association are busy lobbying the Senate to try to have the amendment pulled back out.
As bad as the bill is now, it would be even worse without the amendment!
Different people and organizations have different views, so you may get conflicting advice. Our belief is that the bill will most likely pass the Senate, and that it is critical to ensure that the protections of the Tester-Hagan amendment are not lost in last-minute backroom deals.
If S510 passes the Senate this week, there is still more to come. First, the bill will go to the House of Representatives. Rather than try to reconcile the bill with the House version (HR 2749), the House leadership has agreed to put S510 to a vote on the floor of the House. Because time is running out for this Congress, any changes by the House would almost certainly kill the bill. If the House passes S510, it then goes to the President.
Second, next year, Congress will face the question of appropriating money to implement the new laws and regulations. S510 authorizes, but does not appropriate, monies for the FDA-expanded regulation of domestic and imported conventional food producers, distributors, and retailers, and the hiring of more FDA bureaucrats. To carry out all of the new rules and FDA authorities, Congress will have to approve $1.4 billion of new spending or cut other programs accordingly, based on the CBO estimates. This gives us a chance to affect the level of funding and how the money can be spent.
Third, FDA will start the rulemaking process. The agency will almost certainly try to marginalize the role of local foods producers and consumers in the process. We will have to take action to ensure that our concerns are on the record and that elected officials in Congress are also involved to try to rein in the agency from overstepping its bounds.
ACTION TO TAKE:
Call your Senators and ask to speak to the staffer who handles food safety issues. Urge them to, at a minimum, stand firm on including the Tester-Hagan amendment in the bill. Explain to them that local food producers and consumers already face problems because of FDA, and we are worried about what FDA will do with expanded powers. And then look beyond the bill, and ask them to take action to protect local food producers through the appropriations process and through oversight of the agency. Tell them that you will hold your Senators accountable for what FDA does, and that their job does not end with this bill.
If you get their voice mail, leave a message: My name is ____, and I am a constituent who is concerned about the expanded authority that FDA would have under S510, the food safety bill. I urge Senator _____ to, at a minimum, ensure that the Tester-Hagan amendment stays in the bill. The FDA has a track record of abusing its authority to go after small-scale producers, while turning a blind eye to the many problems caused by large industrial producers. With or without S510, I urge my Senator to take steps to rein in the FDAs abuses. I would like to talk with you more about this, please call me back at ________.
If you can’t get through on their phone line, go to their web site and send an email through the CONTACT section. This may be all you can accomplish today.
You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-224-3121 end_of_the_skype_highlighting and ask to be connected to your Senators offices. You can also find your Senators contact information online at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Time for state nullification. I will be planting my garden next spring no matter what some government bureaucrat thinks.
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Let’s please not turn this into a CW2 thread, anyone even hinting obliquely at violence in any form, please don’t even hint obliquely at violence in any form.
(not the intent of my post)
Thanks in advance.
They didn’t “pass it” — that’s just sloppy headlining.
They added it as an amendment to the short-term continuing resolution that came over from the house.
It now goes back to the house, where you can presume the House will agree to it, since the house also passed the food safety bills a couple of times by large majorities.
Remember, the only reason the food bill isn’t already law is because Reid screwed up and passed it on his own bill rather than attaching it to a house bill.
This is the most dangerous bill in years.
“He who controls the oil controls the nation. He who controls the food controls the people.”
“Silly Progressives Soros Monsanto and Gun Rights and Insurance.
November 29, 2010
Now while you were looking at N.Koera and China. Monsanto and The Soros group want to Take over the Food Supply . The cost. Oh don’t worry about that. Government will take care of that.”
Monsanto wrote this bill!! This is a political payoff. Genetically Modified OrgANISMS.. I.E. SEED INFECTED WITH BACULOVIRUS AND INSECT VIRUS ar now going to be shoved down our throats even though they are deadly.
It’s all about power and Control!!!
Wow, I guess no one will vote against “food safety”! Meanwhile, there goes another chunk of our freedom. More bureaucrats too, lower unemployment as the government overwhelms free enterprise with more regulation we have lived without for the last 234 years.
This ‘law’ shows us whom our REAL masters are. ‘Life, liberty and happiness’.. food is LIFE. Try not eating and see how far you get.
Plow down every RAT that voted for this, and every RINO who made deals to let it pass.
They weren’t satisfied with raping our wallet, now their going after our Fridge. Unbelievable.
Then, technically, it *still* hasn’t *originated* in the House, and since it still has the original tax provisions, that still makes it unconstitutional...