Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lame-Duck Session - #2407 - SB 510 - UPDATE: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 - The Hill (2) Reid Threatens Weekend Session to pass Food Safety Bill (3) SB 510 Breezes Thru 1st Step in Senate - American Thinker (4) GOP Sen. DeMint, Rep. Pence Introduce Bill to Stop 3.9 Trillion Obama Tax Hikes - Michelle Malkin

I have just called the Republican co-sponsors of SB 510 - The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. I can't emphasize enough the importance of taking the time to make these calls, you always learn a lot. In the American Thinker Article - First Health Care, Next the Food Supply, the names were listed. The Republican co-sponsors who voted YES to advance the bill are: Lamar Alexander R-TN, 202-224-4944, Richard Burr R-NC-202-224-3154, Michael Enzi R-WY, 202-224-3424, Judd Gregg R-NH=202-224-3324. The following Republicans co-sponsors have changed their position, as the Bill changed from when they first supported it, and now they are concerned to the overreach and change of language in the powers that would be granted to the FDA: Saxby Chamblinn R-GA - Now a NO; Orin Hatch R-UY - Now a NO; AND JOHN ISAKSON R-GA- Now a NO.    Please call the above Senators that are still a yes, In Virginia call Senator Warner - 202-224-2023, Senator Webb - 202-224-4024.

Reid Threatens Weekend Session to Pass Food Safety Bill - The Hill - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned colleagues Thursday the Senate would work over the weekend if Republicans delay passage of food-safety legislation. The Senate voted 74-25 Wednesday to move ahead with debate on the bill.

S510 Breezes Through 1st Step in the Senate - American Thinker - Senate Bill 510, a massive power grab by government -- as explained to AT readers yesterday by Michael Geer -- passed its first test with the support of every Democrat and 14 Republicans.  Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post reports:  "The Senate voted 74 to 25 to begin debate on the bill, suggesting the measure has strong bipartisan support and good prospects for passage. The House approved its version more than a year ago, and food safety advocates have been pushing the Senate to act so differences between the two measures can be reconciled and the legislation signed into law by President Obama by the end of the lame-duck session.  Here are the Republicans who voted to give sweeping powers over our food supply to our government masters. Alexander (R-TN), Barrasso (R-WY), Collins (R-ME), Corker (R-TN), Enzi (R-WY), Grassley (R-IA), Gregg (R-NH) Johanns (R-NE), LeMieux (R-FL), Lugar (R-IN), Snowe (R-ME), Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), Voinovich (R-OH).  They need to be called, Main Senate Switchboard number- 202-224-3121.

It's all being done in the name of food safety, of course, and who is against that? Good intentions, don'cha know. The road to passage is paved with good intentions. Trust us, we're from the government, and don't worry that we'll use all that power irresponsibly.Updated and correcred at 8:24 EST. Hat tip to reader 1greatamerican for clarifying that the vote was to begin debate, not final passage.
GOP DeMint, Rep. Pence Introduce Bill to Stop 3.9 Trillion Obama Tax Hikes - Michelle MalkinFor the past several weeks, I’ve urged Republicans to combat the “Bush tax cut” demagoguery of the Democrats by making President Obama own the disastrous tax hikes he wants to impose on America’s job creators and wealth producers during economic strife  Message: All or nothing.  Today, GOP Senator Jim DeMint and Rep. Mike Pence unveiled stalwart legislation to give all hard-working taxpayers, businesses, family farms, and other job generators tax relief and certainty. Get behind those who are fighting the job-killing machine on the front lines:  Pence, DeMint Introduce Legislation to Stop $3.9 Trillion Tax Hike  Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) and U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the current individual tax rates and prevent tax increases on every American.  Read more........

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