Both House and Senate Vote YES on Food Safety Bill

December 21, 2010
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voteMoments ago, the House of Representatives passed the Food Safety bill—which the Senate, in one of the most underhanded legislative maneuvers we’ve ever seen, approved late Sunday night. It now goes to the president to be signed into law.

As we told you last week, Democrats first attempted to attach the food safety bill to the short-term spending measure to keep the government running, but Republicans balked because they wanted to keep that measure clean. So Sunday night, the Senate raised it as an amendment to a completely unrelated bill from the House of Representatives—H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act!

Incidentally, quite a number of reports have gotten many of these details wrong.

The House bill, which began life as the “Cash for Clunkers Temporary Vehicle Trade-in Program” (very fitting given this basket case of a “food safety” bill), had been on the Senate’s legislative calendar since June of 2009. Suddenly, in a flurry of activity, the text of the old S. 510 was repackaged as Senate Amendment 4830. This was then proposed “in the nature of a substitute” for the House bill, which means the text of the Senate amendment was completely substituted for the original text of the House bill. This was agreed to in the Senate by unanimous consent. The title of the bill was then amended, renaming it—you guessed it—the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act!

By the way, there were several different “Cash for Clunkers” bills that were sent back and forth between the Senate and the House, and one of those was passed into law. This one simply languished on the legislative junk pile until it could be resurrected—that is, until its shell could prove itself useful in a profoundly devious maneuver.

The reason the Senate took a bill already passed by the House and completely replaced its language with the food safety bill language was to get around the constitutionality issue that had been the bill’s downfall a few weeks ago. So now, technically, the Senate’s bill, with its tax provision, actually did originate in the House, even though it actually was drafted by and inserted by the Senate. An absolute end-run around the rules.

All at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night, when they thought no one would be watching. Our senators should be ashamed of themselves for acting so dishonorably.

The swift approval by unanimous consent caught some aides and lobbyists working on it by surprise. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) had promised to block the legislation, but he inexplicably lifted his objection at the final moment. Reid announced he would send the legislation—this time properly attached to a House-originated measure—back to the lower chamber for final approval.

Tuesday morning, the House voted on the Rules Committee’s “closed rule,” meaning that no amendments are allowed. It then went to the House floor, and after less than an hour of debate, the bill passed, 215 to 144.

After the holidays, we will publish a wrap-up of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, unraveling the timeline, outlining some of the important concessions ANH-USA won during the process, and discussing where we go from here.

149 Responses to “Both House and Senate Vote YES on Food Safety Bill”

  1. Mario Azevedo says:

    Folks, it is not a matter of liberal or conservative, “dam ole rat” or “re-pube-ecan”; our political system has been corrupt and in the hands of big business for decades. Let me tell you a little story: After 18 years of fantastic payment record on all my financed obligations my creditors decided to raise my interest rates to between 19 and 30 percent because of, in their words, “other people defaulting their loans”, or as a clerk at Bank of America had the courage to tell me over the phone, “simply because they can”, which had nothing to do with my situation since I had NEVER even had a late payment – again, in 18 years of credit history. I then decided to present my case in court and was allowed to default on my loans with the banks (I kept my mortgage, cars, etc in good standings throughout the process and kept all of it after the chapter 7 was approved in court). I am co-owner of a small business (my wife being my partner) and most of the loans had to do with equipment purchases. Through my action the banks will never see a penny more of what I owed them, which was over 50 grand, and my credit score has already started to improve again since I continue to pay the obligations I chose to keep in good standings (one of the things the banks did was to lower my credit limit to force me to always be more than 50% in debt on all the accounts, since they were looking for justification to increase my interest rates – this steadily lowered my rating from 800+ to eventually 680, when I “pulled the plug”). I felt very bad initially about even thinking of doing this, but after all that we, the people, have had to endure for the last few years, with the banks literally in control of government and doing whatever they want even when it involves public money, I would definitely recommend people start seriously considering doing the same. This way only the banks will lose, and you will lower your monthly obligations without losing a single property. Believe me, if the hemorrhage of capital from the system and into the pockets of the banking industry is stopped they will change their ways, or go out of business one by one. WE have the control if we chose to exercise our rights, and that is what we should be doing.

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  2. Praise God !!! Thank you, Jesus! God is not sleeping. I’m an american citizen by naturalization, I am proud of what you guys have accomplished. Now this government have to be careful how they operate in washington. Americans are getting smart and be more aware of their surroundings. Show them, guys!! They must be pissed-off that people’s eyes are beginning to open. Suck it to them, and make them pay for their wrong doings. They are only interested in special interest groups, and how much they can pocket, and they forget who put em there. Confounded Criminals.

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  3. UdaBB says:

    I eagerly await the end of the holidays so that we can get the final language of the amendment(s). Until then, and after, I pray peace and anti-violence in our hearts, minds, actions and writings.

    I pray sufficient quantities of supplements to the most vulnerable. I pray creativity and wit in the last rounds of publicity and persuasion— I’m sure that the President would be very surprised if his wife and children were engaged in illegal activities regarding food distributions from the White House garden, for instance!

    The wider public, and probably the Congress, itself, doesn’t understand or know the implications of these bills- yet! I couldn’t find the text of SA. 4830, so why advocate violence, here. The deep stupidity of Codex Alimentarius will be self-evident within a month or so- IF that is what we are up against.

    BUT we have to keep our heads, here. I take my cues from Jesus, Gandhi, and MLK, Jr. who turned nations and oppressions upside-down with gentleness and soul-power and persistent LOVE. These legislators have family and friends who will be greatly affected. I pray that love will soften them, and turn them around.

    Speaking violence here betrays the claims that good nutrition aids in creative- not destructive- thinking. We may have to take on strong next moves, but not violent ones.

    “Peace, Love, Vegetables” and Blessings!

    UdaBB

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  4. Terri Stansberry says:

    Why are we giving up?!?! Why are we not deluging the White House in outrage?!?!? Why are we not pointing out exactly what they are trying to do to the President…AND…Mrs. Obama. She could be such a strong alli in this battle with her interest in healthy food and the health and wellbeing of the American people. HOW CAN WE JUST GIVE UP AND LET THE BASXXXXS WIN????

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  5. Lorenzo says:

    Hell no, I am not rolling over. If it comes down to it I’m heading over to D.C. and Boycotting.

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  6. gary schnakenberg says:

    my idea,is to have a resignation rally on July 4 2011.just bring a one page paper with blank spaces where name goes,and have.. i resign my office today, and will not seek any political office in the special election in November 2011. that wold send the message…

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  7. Katherine MacTavish says:

    I have had it with these TREASONOUS DOGS in office. They’ve committed treason against the people of this country over and over again! It’s time to put an end to their tyranny! They’ve outright ignored our constitution and bill of rights! Our government is totally out of the control of the people. It’s becoming no more than a tyrannical dictatorship! It’s time for the revolution to start! It’s time we bring all of these greedy fools down!

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  8. Karen says:

    As usual the Dems voted in lock-step and ALL VOTED FOR IT.
    14 Republicans voted for it.
    They are;
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (bunch of Dems crossed over and voted her in Alaska)
    Sen. George LeMieux FL.
    Sen. Charles Grassley Iowa
    Sen. Richard Lugar Indiana
    Sen. David Vitter Louisana
    Sen. Scott Brown Mass. (Brown has been a big disappointment)
    Sen. Susan Collins (no surprise here! Thanks Maine for re-electing her. She has done a lot of damage to the country)
    Sen. Olympia Snowe (thanks again Maine)
    Senator Richard M. Burr (NC)
    Sen. Mike Johanns Neb.
    Sen. Judd Gregg N.H. (never sure how he will go)
    Sen. George Voinovich OH. (extremely liberal)
    Sen. Lamar Alexander TN.(gone to the dark side)
    Sen. Michael Enzi Wy.

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  9. Karen says:

    Wwll, I wrote a number of senators and asked them why they voted for it. As of yet I have not received one respinse. Maybe they won’t fund it.

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  10. conrad ching says:

    I tried to alert our representatives in Hawaii 2 weeks ago to stop this bill,but oh well , they passed it anyway.Things seem to be going from bad to worse.Get the dvd called Agenda,grinding America down and alert everyone to this political cancer that threatens all of us. agendadocumentary.com

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  11. Irina says:

    All those people on the Hill so corrupted (except Ron Paul) . All of them have price. It is only matter how much.
    USA became a big comedy theatre.
    All World laughing at us.
    What a shame!!!!

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    • George Andrew says:

      It’s the system that is corrupt, the people are “Plug-and-Play” . It doesn’t matter who we put in office, the system is very adept at immobilizing anyone who would attempt to do some good for the people rather than protect the interests of corporations and beaurocrats.

      The system is doing what it was designed to do, deliver cheap credit, energy and goods. To change the systems behavior, we must change our behavior as it relates to credit, energy and goods. How we spend or money is what really matters, not how we vote.

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    • Dr. Manhattan says:

      The American Empire.
      And yet our nation deems to pass judgement on other governments which impinge on their citizens freedom.

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  12. George Andrew says:

    That’s what I’m talking about fallingman!! Simply opting out is the way to go. Vote at the cash register, since that is the only thing they can comprehend. Pay cash for what you need and save up for the things you want. Stop using credit to purchase consumable items. That will get their attention. We can bring the whole game to a screeching halt if we work together and commit to the process.

    We don’t stand a chance as long as we continue to play the game by their rules. The deck is stacked against the people and the house always wins. Even when they lose.

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    • Ken Smith says:

      I agree

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    • Dr. Manhattan says:

      Absolutely.
      And those of us who can should try to grow as much as possible at our homes in gardens.

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    • Sandee says:

      George Andrew, please explain your wanting us to pay by cash rather than credit card for consumable items. Thanks.

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      • George Andrew says:

        When I say cash, I mean using the money you have to buy what you need or want, rather than using credit to buy now and pay later. The purchase of consumable goods with credit, if you don’t pay it off every month, is bad debt and enslaves those who owe it.

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    • Susan Hornbach says:

      That’s right, stop playing into the hands of big business. They are the ones that rule this country. Congress, and senate are obediant to big pharma and big business. Pay cash, don’t use credit. You can do it. We have to remember when our parents/grandparents didn’t know any other way to live, but payng cash for everhthing. Also the cell phones have a tracker in them, so big brother knows where and what you are doing at all times. My old cell phone works fine , but the phoone company won’t let me use it any more because it doesn’t have a tracker in it. How’s that for no more freedom?

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  13. Julia says:

    They all have violated their oaths of office then and should be impeached for stepping beyond the authority granted them by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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    • Dr. Manhattan says:

      I agree

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    • Aeleysia says:

      I agree with you Julia this is unconstitutional . I will not be able to pursue my happiness or even be able to function for without my supplements I will have hot flashes that make the room spin and panic attacks that are so severe that I cannot drive or be in an enclosed building for longer than 15 minutes. I am so screwed ! Golden years fooey !

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      • Dr. Manhattan says:

        Same here. My supplements keep me from having to take their pharmaceutical poison.
        Great results without the harsh side effects. Some herbs do have sides but usually taken at high doses. But recommended doses of pretty much all pharmaceuticals have a much higher incidence of negative sides.

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  14. Tamanee says:

    I can’t believe that this could happen……. Oh wait knowing the way “our” goverment……. no I should say “self rightous” goverment has managed to take all that they can for themselves and not look out for the “Anerican” says all that it needs to say, this is not a goverment for the people, its a goverment who think they are gods. This day is a day of great sorrow for we are loosing our freedom over a sneeky, back stabbing, two timimg, high and mighty, power hungry, control freaks who can’t run this country if their lives depended on it. these people are out of control and if Americans are not made aware of this underhandedness they, or we are going to become footstools to the power hungry goverment who could care less for anybody but themselves.I find this to be low,low,low, next to this low you got the pit of fire. What , whats that I hear, the horns from above, beware your day is coming for your lives are seen from a much bigger authority…

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    • sd7 says:

      we will never win this by using the same angry, underhanded dark energy thats gotten us into this mess in the first place. Its time for LIGHT and for us to take action from a positive place, it will get worse before it gets better, change IS coming. This is a desperate attempt to stop the inevitable, the darkness is coming to an end. believe…

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