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Senate passes food safety bill, again
NewsFirst5 ^ | 12/19/2010

Posted on 12/20/2010 4:46:16 AM PST by FromLori

The Senate has passed a sweeping bill to make food safer, sending it to the House in the waning days of Congress.

This is the second time the Senate has passed the bill, which would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. The chamber passed the bill for the first time three weeks ago, but it was caught in a constitutional snag when senators mistakenly included tax provisions that are by law supposed to originate in the House.

The version of the legislation passed by the Senate on Sunday is amended to avoid another such mishap.

The $1.4 billion bill would place stricter standards on imported foods and require larger producers to follow tougher rules for keeping food safe.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foodsafety

1 posted on 12/20/2010 4:46:20 AM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

Here is more info...

snippet...

the food safety language replaces the Cash for Clunkers language in the amended version of HR 2751.

in full

http://wokv.com/blogs/jamie_dupree/2010/12/food-safety-bill-lives.html


2 posted on 12/20/2010 4:47:58 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: FromLori

Tom Coburn, where were you?


3 posted on 12/20/2010 4:55:34 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: FromLori
the bill, which would give the government broad new powers

The most dangerous words in the English language....

4 posted on 12/20/2010 4:57:08 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: FromLori

For all of the fireworks surrounding DREAM, DADT, Tax-rate extensions, *this* seems to be THE BILL that they insist on passing, without fanfare, by ‘any means necessary - fair or foul’.....

Am I the only one who’s finding this to be ominous in the extreme??


5 posted on 12/20/2010 4:58:45 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Sybeck1

“And if you thought that good old Sen. Tom Coburn, who had been blocking the legislation would ultimately hold onto what little integrity he could muster and save the day by rescuing us from impending Food Safety doom, think no more. “He lifted his objection at the final moment” (Alexander Bolton), and this travesty of justice was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.”

http://farmwars.info/?p=4848


6 posted on 12/20/2010 5:00:00 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Uncle Ike

“Am I the only one who’s finding this to be ominous in the extreme??”

Nope I see it as impending doom and I mean that seriously


7 posted on 12/20/2010 5:03:22 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: FromLori
[ The $1.4 billion bill would place stricter standards on imported foods and require larger producers to follow tougher rules for keeping food safe.]

And the prices of food will continue to skyrocket the the DC communist bureaucrats as they shut down food manufactures for minor discrepancies and cut off the food supply slowly and surely. Then the people will suffer need of daily food much like Russia and China and other communist nations and will be forced under the boot-heel of DC communist politicians.
Folks, we are witnessing the destruction of America and the terrorists of DC and local statehouses are Americans worst enemies.

8 posted on 12/20/2010 5:04:39 AM PST by kindred (Come, Lord Jesus, rule and reign over all thine enemies from Zion, the chosen nation.)
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To: Uncle Ike
I think the Repubs are just picking their fights in these waning days.

They don't want to be tagged as hating the childrens when much bigger issues should be the center of debate.

True, it's a lousy bill but it would be demogogued mercilessly in early '11 by the MSM if it didn't pass and there are MUCH huger issues at stake (like repealing Obamacare) which need to fill the airwaves.

9 posted on 12/20/2010 5:05:54 AM PST by what's up
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To: Uncle Ike
Am I the only one who’s finding this to be ominous in the extreme??

Not at all. Monsanto and ConAgra can't want this legislation this bad for any good reason. It fails the sniff test...

Deep down, I think the powers that be know the "stuff" is slowly starting to hit the fan and the chickens are coming home to roost. Some see opportunity. Some are just scarred. All are determined to put a government strangle hold on the food supply. Why? I don't see any earth shaking political hay to be made off this bill- something ain't right.

10 posted on 12/20/2010 5:09:25 AM PST by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: what's up
I heard a Liberal pundit blithely say that passing this was a no-brainer because "everyone is opposed to salmonella".

There is so much more to this rotten thing, but the media shields it and the sheeple do not see.

11 posted on 12/20/2010 5:09:50 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: FromLori

“Am I the only one who’s finding this to be ominous in the extreme??”

Nope I see it as impending doom and I mean that seriously

When the most dangerous body of humans on the planet, the senate, thinks this bill is innocuous, but so important to pass that they screw up, make the necessary changes, while throwing peanuts to the monkeys by not passing other bills, something smells to high heaven. We can only hope that time runs out on the lame duck, but something says, a finger in the eye, beats apple pie.


12 posted on 12/20/2010 5:19:02 AM PST by wita
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To: kindred

Regulates your garden too.


13 posted on 12/20/2010 5:19:19 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Cincinatus
Let's make is easy for the GOP:

the bill, which would give the government broad new powers...

Whenever it gives government more power, just vote against it.

No thanks. We've got all the government we need!

14 posted on 12/20/2010 5:20:35 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: FromLori

This bill was slipped into the Continuing Resolution Bill which funds the US until March.

I think that whole Omnibus spending bill was a red herring. They knew it was so onerous that it wouldn’t pass. But in order to pass the CR the Republicans would allow the Food Safety bill to be included.

I wrote Coburn - who convinced me it was a bad bill and Corker my senator and Alexander (also my senator) who co-sponsored the bill.

Politics as usual.

I am a low-income person and they are making it harder and harder for people who DON’T want government assistance to survive.

I will live in a tent and live off of my garden before I expect my neighbors tax dollars to support me.

I am so disgusted and frustrated.


15 posted on 12/20/2010 5:23:41 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: ClearCase_guy
Food Safety Bill Not Needed: See here: Food Safety Bill Passes: E.Coli Tremble

Just another unnecessary abrogation of our rights. Who in their right mind wants a bureaucrat to run their life? Let the market work.

We're not crazy, we're going sane in an insane world.

16 posted on 12/20/2010 5:25:55 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: FromLori

” Regulates your garden too. “

It’s even scarier than that - it’s a bill that is so vaguely written that it, in effect, infinitely expands the purview of the FDA, giving it a sweeping blank check to write, and enforce, any rules it darn well pleases to regulate anything it darn well pleases, with no provision for little details like ‘oversight’, ‘accountability’, ‘due process’ or ‘recourse’.....

And you thought the IRS was bad......


17 posted on 12/20/2010 5:28:42 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: FromLori
....senators mistakenly included tax provisions....

Mistakenly? We know they admit they don't read the bills. They obviously haven't read the Constitution either.

18 posted on 12/20/2010 5:29:15 AM PST by Thermalseeker (If I print money it's counterfeiting. If the Fed prints money it's quantitative easing?)
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To: what's up
I think the Repubs are just picking their fights in these waning days.

You do realize that Republicans are sponsoring this bill, right? Sure is a funny way to pick a fight. I always thought Republicans stood for smaller gubmint. When I reminded my Senator, Lamar! Alexander's (RINO - TN and cosponsor of S510) staff about that wee little point they hung up on me......

19 posted on 12/20/2010 5:33:50 AM PST by Thermalseeker (If I print money it's counterfeiting. If the Fed prints money it's quantitative easing?)
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To: Sybeck1

I smell a deal ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/19/AR2010121904201.html

But Coburn, who tried several times to kill the legislation, promised to filibuster any measure that includes food safety, a maneuver that would cost Democrats precious floor time in the waning days of the lame-duck session. John Hart, a spokesman for Coburn, said Sunday night that he did not know why his boss relented.


20 posted on 12/20/2010 5:34:30 AM PST by maggief
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To: FromLori

New FDA Powers: The Wrong Remedy for a Phony Crisis November 17, 2010 “Imports would also come under more stringent inspection, but contrary to conventional wisdom, food imports do not appear to carry a higher risk of contamination—at least according to FDA records. Of the 285 recalls and allergy alerts issued in the first nine months of 2010, only 16 (about 6 percent) involved foreign manufacturers.”

“three grant programs: grants to schools for allergy management ($107 million); food safety training, education, outreach, and technical assistance ($21 million); and food safety participation grants for states and tribes ($83 million).”

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/11/new-fda-powers-the-wrong-remedy-for-a-phony-crisis


21 posted on 12/20/2010 5:46:50 AM PST by anglian
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To: FromLori

I got pinged to this thread yesterday.


In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill (Why even have a GOP?)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2645072/posts


22 posted on 12/20/2010 5:51:15 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Whether corruption is in politics, science, education, research, etc., always follow the money.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thank you I missed that.


23 posted on 12/20/2010 5:52:38 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: FromLori

Their corporate masters told them what to do.


24 posted on 12/20/2010 6:00:22 AM PST by devere
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To: All

Words fail me. This is not the America I grew up in. This thing is so broad that it will eventually cover everything and yes, I believe we just saw the first step to totally losing control over our food.


25 posted on 12/20/2010 6:01:48 AM PST by stillafreemind
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To: FromLori

This was my biggest fear. All of the talk show guys will be on vacation this week, so the Dems will fire all remaining shot in this lamest week of the lame duck session.

There has to be a Constitutional Amendment made which says that if you are voted out in November, you are no longer eligible to vote in Congress until you are replaced.


26 posted on 12/20/2010 6:05:10 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (formally known as Kerretarded....I changed my name)
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To: anglian

Congressional Budget Office, “Cost Estimate: S. 510: Food Safety Modernization Act,” August 12, 2010, at http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/117xx/doc11794/s510.pdf (November 17, 2010).


27 posted on 12/20/2010 6:08:47 AM PST by anglian
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To: Uncle Ike
Am I the only one who’s finding this to be ominous in the extreme??

When congress brought the owner of the peanut company to Washington to testify, knowing that he'd plead the fifth, everyone thought it was just the need for more anti-business posturing by Democrats, but now we see it may have had another purpose......

28 posted on 12/20/2010 6:56:52 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: what's up

With all respect, your words and that attitude are exactly what got us into this mess in the first place...

“they don’t want to be tagged as hating the children” - they would be tagged as hating the children if each one emptied their personal bank acct and they shared the combined cash with every child in america...

I’m sorry but they are going to be called haters of: the unemployed, the sick, the poor - ________ fill in the blank - no matter what they do... and anyway, that is no reason to do or not do something... you do or not do something based on principle... not whether you will be called names by names by the backwater media.

It is the failure in the little things that leads and has lead to the failure in the big things... this is a mess... we need people with principles and spine...

sorry I am just very upset by this... very.

Sorry, again... I hope you have a very merry Christmas!


29 posted on 12/20/2010 7:44:48 AM PST by true believer forever
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To: FromLori

This is definitely ominous to the extreme. The Senate just gave the government complete control over every bite of food we eat. Listed below some of the worst realities.
1. FDA now put under Dept of Homeland Security
2. FDA controls all seeds.
3. FDA has power to conduct unlimited inspections of all farms and also including your backyard garden. They can confiscate and shut you down with no I repeat no judicial recourse. You cannot go to court to appeal.
4. Now the US will have to answer to the WHO so we have ceded our national sovereignty.
5. Organic food will disappear as will your Saturday Coop in the downtown square.
6. The CEO of Monsanto is on tap to be the new food czar so look for unlabelled genetically altered food at the Publix near you.

And on and on and on. This is all bad and nothing good.


30 posted on 12/20/2010 8:20:13 AM 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: what's up

They don’t want to be tagged as hating the childrens when much bigger issues should be the center of debate.

Sorry, but there just are NO EXCUSES for passing bad, unconstitutional legislation


31 posted on 12/20/2010 8:34:34 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: FromLori

Every Governor should run on de-fanging the Federal Government.

We ought to pay our Taxes to the State and the State only ... then starve the Fed.

Every Senator that votes to expand the Feds power should be recalled immediately. We can replace the idiot Congress critters every two years. Impeach every Radical Judge.

Elimination of the IRS, the EPa (hell all of em)

“We ain’t playing” should be heard coast to coast.

TT


32 posted on 12/20/2010 10:14:04 AM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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