Monday, November 29, 2010

Lame-Duck Session - #2431 -SB510 - Food Safety Modernization Act: No Appetite for Rotten Food Regulations - Heritage Foundation (2) Federal Farming Power Grab Scheduled for Senate Vote Today - American Thinker

THE VOTE IS SCHEDULED ON THE SENATE CALENDAR FOR TODAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010, SOMETIME LATE THIS AFTERNOON. PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS!!
Legislation to vastly expand the regulatory powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to advance in the Senate last week as proponents had expected. A vote may be rescheduled when Congress reconvenes after the Thanksgiving recess. But if lawmakers are truly vested in optimizing food safety, they will look beyond bureaucratic tinkering and instead eliminate obstacles to innovations in food science as well as market competition. Americans are certainly hungry for more rational policy.  Spanning some 150 pages, the Food Safety Modernization Act would authorize the FDA to dictate how farmers grow fruits and vegetables, including rules governing soil, water, hygiene, packing, temperatures, and even what animals may roam which fields and when. It would also increase inspections of food “facilities” and tax them to do so. And, fulfilling the dream of a long line of agency officials, the bill grants the FDA unilateral authority to order recalls.Expanding the agency’s regulatory reach would involve additional spending of $1.4 billion between 2011 and 2015, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The costs to the private sector have not been calculated but would likely reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.  Read more........  IN VIRGINIA CALL SENATOR WARNER- 202-224-2023, SENATOR WEBB - 202-224-4024.  MAIN SWITCHBOARD FOR SENATE: 202-224-3121.


Federal Farming Power Grab Scheduled for Senate Vote Today - American Thinker - S.510, the Senate bill set to vastly expand federal power over agriculture, potentially choking off small local growers and hobby farmers, is set for a vote today.  Cloture, or a vote to end debate on S.150 took place on Wednesday November 17 with 74 votes for and 25 opposed. A final Manager's Amendment came into being after more than thirty hours of debate following Cloture.  A Manager's Amendment is, quoting C-SPAN Congressional Glossary, a package of numerous individual amendments agreed to by both sides in advance. The managers are the majority and the minority member who manage the debate on a bill for their side.  Read more......

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