Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lame-Duck Session - #2405 - Alert: Food Police, Feminism Run Amok and Enviro-Handouts on Senate Floor Today Michelle Malkin (2) Lame Ducks Take on Food Safety-Townhall (3) S 510: TSA Porno-Scanners Coming to a Supermarket Near You? (4) First Health Care, Next the Food Supply - American Thinker (5) Harry Reid: I'm Bringing the DREAM Act to the Floor for a Standalone Vote- Hot Air

*Your Senators need to be called:   This bill was voted today to move forward to the Senate floor for a vote possibly on Thursday.  I called Senator Warner's office, his position was unless the Tester Amendment was attached to the Bill that would protect small farms and businesses, he would vote against it.  Senator Webb's office would only say he voted to move the bill forward.
Two Senate floor votes for you to track and act on today (Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121):
1) The “FDA Modernization Act” (aka The Food Police Bill) - Big Nanny/Big Gov/Big Chef is back with legislation to expand the FDA’s powers. Funny, I can’t recall this being at the top of anyone’s priority list during the midterms or during the past two years of burgeoning citizen activism. Remember: The Dems still don’t get it — because they refuse to get it, not because of a failure to “reflect.” Grass-roots opponents from a diverse political spectrum oppose the bill. A far-reaching food safety bill that could give the government more power to prevent foodborne illnesses has become a target of advocates for buying food produced locally. They worry the legislation’s safety requirements could force small farms out of business. The opposition of these “locavores” – advocates for buying food directly from the farm or closer to home......While the bill is designed to give the Food and Drug Administration greater authority over the nation’s food supply, opponents say it could bankrupt some small farms that don’t have the means to comply with new standards the bill would impose. Those standards could include registering food safety plans with the FDA and documenting efforts to show food is not contaminated as it is produced. “It’s going to put a nail in the coffin of our family food producers,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who is planning an amendment to exempt some small farms who market food close to their operations. He says many small farms already comply with state and local regulations to keep food safe.  Read more.......

Lame Ducks Take on Food Safety-Townhall - A bill up for consideration in the Senate today would update food safety regulations for the first time since the 1930s. It would also be a massive expansion of government bureaucracy and a deadly threat to small businesses......So why push forward with this bill? Olson feels strongly that it is the unholy alliance between big business and big government, something that is borne out by massive lobbying that has been going on since the bill was first passed in the House a year ago. Yesterday, a letter from 30 food industry associations practically begged the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to move the bill forward, specifically without an amendment that would protect smaller farms – and help those small farms compete with the industry groups. That amendment, named after Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), would exempt smaller food producers from some of the bill’s regulations. Olson emphasizes that the Tester Amendment wouldn’t exempt smaller farms from everything, but might exempt them from enough to give them a fighting chance. Read more.......

S 510: TSA Poro-Scanners Coming to a Supermarket Near You? - Tertium Quids - S. 510, the Food Safety and Modernization Act, is up for a vote in the Senate today. For those who aren't aware, this bill would give the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security total control over the food supply in America, including food grown in home gardens and on family farms.  Of course, as anyone who has been molested in an airport lately can tell you, our benevolent federal overlords and their alphabet agencies never abuse their power.  Which is why it shouldn't worry anyone that the FDA's had this to say in response to a recent lawsuit:  There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food.  There is no 'deeply rooted' historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds.  Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.  There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract.  Read more........

**First, Health Care, Next the Food Supply - American Thinker - Just because the duck is lame doesn't mean it can't still do terrible damage to American freedom. Our new Congress, especially the new House, isn't yet seated, and this current Congress can still wreak terrible havoc on our rights if not stopped.  Case in point: Senate Bill 510, believed to be coming to the floor Wednesday, November 17 (pending). This is the food safety version of ObamaCare. Reading the thing will make your head hurt for all its cognitive dissonance. Trying to winnow out its complexity and hidden empowerments is stultifying.  Introduced by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the bill has moved through the usual phases of amalgamation and deal-making. The monstrosity advancing to the floor on Wednesday is not so much "food safety" as it is the decadence of the rights of small farmers, hobbyist food producers, garden-variety farmers markets, and your average small producer of foodstuffs. Under the rubric of safety, this Senate proposes a bill that establishes such new and sweeping powers over how you and I produce and consume foodstuffs that even the Pew Charitable Trusts are calling S510 a clear and present danger. National Health Freedom says,  It is a dangerously broad regulatory bill giving extensive discretionary power to the FDA over the entire food supply chain without proper checks and balances to avoid abuse of power;  It would impose one-size-fits-all-regulations on thousands of small and mid-sized farmers, small-scale local farms and food producers, and would drastically burden, to extinction, basic natural and organic food suppliers, thus endangering the lives of Americans who depend on local wholesome foods;  Read more.........

Harry Reid: I'm Bringing the DREAM Act to the Floor for a Standalone Vote - Hot Air -   It’s the least he can do. After all, he owes his win over Sharron Angle to Latinos, no?  Actually … no. As Kaus notes, his margin of victory was such that he would have won by 7,000 votes even if every last Latino voter in his base had stayed home. So this is actually something else — part pre-2012 pandering for Obama, part last-ditch effort to legalize millions of new Democratic voters before the new Republican House makes that impossible for the foreseeable future.  During his re-election campaign in Nevada, Mr. Reid said he would try again to pass the legislation, known as the Dream Act. And in a Twitter message on Wednesday evening, his office said he would try to do so in the current session as a stand-alone bill. The legislation would give legal residency to immigrants who arrived in the United States before age 16 and resided here for at least five years, graduated from high school and completed two years of college or military service. They would be subject to background checks, could not have a criminal record, and even if successful would still not be eligible for benefits like Pell grant scholarships.  Read more........  


In Virginia: Senator Warner-202-224-2023, Senator Webb-202-224-4024.

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