Just when I thought we might breathe a sigh of relief, the Senate Republicans last night in coordination with the Democrats passed SB 510/HR2751, the infamous ‘food safety’ bill. I say ‘food safety’ tongue in cheek as this bill will not increase food safety, but it will add billions of dollars to an already unfunded budget deficit.
Worse it will allow the FDA to expand their policing powers into areas where only States have rights! Of course, the States could challenge this bill, although with the current challenge to the food safety bill and the complicity on Criminal Hill on this bill highly doubtful!
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE ON D.C. AND TELL THEM THEY TOO CAN BE THROWN OUT NEXT ELECTION AND THIS IS A NAIL IN THEIR POLITICAL COFFIN! If you don’t know the number go to http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/mcapdir.html. Just click the link and you will be taken there!
WE MUST DRAW A LINE SOMEWHERE AND THIS IS AS GOOD A PLACE AS ANY I CAN THINK OF!
In what seems to be a never ending assault on our freedoms, this one attacks our most precious asset…the right to grow our own food as small producers without regulation by the FEDS!
Clearly this bill, that started out to regulate INDUSTRIAL FARMS, has ended up as a full on assault by Big Ag to limit competition from local farmers by making the regulatory costs so high that no one can comply EXCEPT Big Ag!
CALL, WRITE, EMAIL OR FAX YOUR REP NOW!!!! SIGN THE PETITION.
Stop Big Ag’s Food Safety Bill!
The Organic Consumers Association cannot support the federal food safety bill as currently written because it fails to fully address the root cause of food borne illness, which is the factory farming of meat, eggs and milk.
Nevertheless, we do support amendments that would protect small, local, and organic food producers from the worst aspects of the bills’ one-size-fits all approach to managing the food safety hazards facing the largest producers.
The House of Representatives has just passed another version of the food safety bill and it’s headed back to the Senate for a final vote.
Please ask your Senator to stop the food safety bill, but, if that’s not possible, to mitigate its damage by supporting amendments that protect small, local and organic producers.
We can only hope that Mike’s assessment of the situation is true. It would be a relief to have this bomb disappear and give ‘We the People’ another chance to stop this madness.
This bill is very dangerous and we cannot allow it to become law!!!!!
S 510 Food Safety bill now dead in the water due to blue slip mistake
(NaturalNews) It is now being revealed that US Senators slipped up in a big way when passing the Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday: They added what are effectively “new taxes” into the bill, and according to the U.S. Constitution, only the House of Representatives can initiate legislation requiring new taxes.
Thus, the House is now obliged to give this food safety legislation the so-called “blue slip,” meaning that it rejects the law and sends it back to the Senate for yet another vote. This would take time and effort, of course, and the Democrats have very little of either remaining in their lame duck session.
As explained on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_slip):
“This blue-slipping procedure, done by an order of the House, is routinely completed to enforce its interpretation that the House is the sole body to introduce revenue or appropriations legislation. The failure of the House to consider the legislation means it cannot become a law. This tactic has historically proven to be of great use to the House and, as a practical matter, the Senate does not introduce tax or revenue measures to avoid a blue slip.”
In other words, the House wants to remain the sole originator of all new taxes and will therefore need to “blue slip” S.510 in order to slap the hands of Senators who are trying to enact their own new taxes under the bill.
S.510 may be dead in the water
The upshot of this is that this fight is not yet over. Unless the House makes an unprecedented exception to this blue slip rule, this legislation will apparently need to go back to the Senate floor for another vote.
This story was first reported by RollCall.com (http://www.rollcall.com/news/-20101…) which says, “The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.” (http://www.rollcall.com/news/-20101…)
According to Roll Call, “The blue slip could lead to one of two likely outcomes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could simply drop the issue and let the next session of Congress start from scratch…”
“Or he could try to force the issue in the Senate after the House passes a new version of the bill. But in order to do that and still tackle the other issues, he would need a unanimous consent agreement to limit debate.”
But unanimous consent is impossible thanks to the heroic efforts of Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla) who has stood firm on his belief that this bill is too large, too expensive and puts too much of a burden on American farmers.
If this assessment is correct, it looks like S.510 is now dead in the water and cannot be resurrected until the next session of Congress in which there will be far fewer Democrats (there was not a single Democrat in the US Senate who opposed the bill). (http://www.naturalnews.com/030577_S…)
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030588_Food_Safety_bill_blue_slip.html#ixzz16tcIkveF
If in fact is dies we need to be vigilant when Congress comes back. If the House makes an exception please take note of yet another incursion into our Rights and a direct violation, again, of our Constitution.
If you believe as I do that Genetically modified anything is not a good idea at our current stage of technological advancement then you probably might consider taking some action. Your action is necessary since everyone in D.C. and at the FDA seem hell bent on putting just whatever frankenfish/crop into the food chain and there is ample evidence, although you will probably never see it in the main stream media, that these nasty organism do damage not only to the surrounding biosphere buy to the human organism!
Please click this link to find out where your elected officials stand on this issue…
You might also consider sending a message to D.C. on S 510…Stop this bill now!