Food safety bill passes Senate, but dead in the water because …

posted at 8:48 am on December 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently, no one told Harry Reid to check Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution before passing S510, the food-safety bill that Democrats hailed as a major lame-duck session achievement earlier this week — and which ran afoul of their own party in the House.  Section 107 of the bill raises taxes, and as any Constitutional scholar can attest — or anyone else who has actually read the document that Senators swore to uphold when taking office — only the House of Representatives has that power:

A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.

By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides.

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.

Section 107 of the bill includes a set of fees that are classified as revenue raisers, which are technically taxes under the Constitution. According to a House GOP leadership aide, that section has ruffled the feathers of Ways and Means Committee Democrats, who are expected to use the blue slip process to block completion of the bill.

Now what?  The House will either block the bill entirely or pass its own version of it.  The latter option will mean that Reid will have to hold a vote to reopen debate on the bill, and will need unanimous consent to limit that debate.  Otherwise, it could take the rest of the legislative calendar in the Senate to move the bill before the session ends and the bill has to be reintroduced.  Even if the House cooperated, the bill could later be challenged in court as being procedurally deficient.

Reid can forget about unanimous consent.  Roll Call notes that Tom Coburn won’t agree to it due to his strong opposition to the bill in any form.  Meanwhile, the issue will continue to draw attention to Democrats’ continued expansion of the regulatory state while ignoring jobs and the budget.

Yesterday, Senate Democrats were crowing about this bill.  Today, they’ll be eating crow.


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Well, Harry does it once again. I bet the people of Nevada are very proud to have re-elected this empty suit once again.

Wills on December 1, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Aaahhh, the silver lining to the cloud of Harry Reid’s re-election.

Tastes like honey!!!

VelvetElvis on December 1, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Those Senate Democrats are loons!..:)

Dire Straits on December 1, 2010 at 8:54 AM

lol jeesh does anyone in d.c read the constitution.

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Please, no new laws… Just fund the government then go home…

mjbrooks3 on December 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM

The morons that voted for the crook Reid should have to wear a scarlet “HR” on their foreheads.

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM

does anyone in d.c read the constitution.

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

There are no more excuses.

Shy Guy on December 1, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Please note: Obama care was written in the Senate and the house was not even allowed to change one single word, period, comma, nothing.

Obama care raised taxes and originated in the Senate.

It should be DOA

The Rock on December 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

They’ll just deem it passed and move on.

SouthernRoots on December 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Good point..I guess Harry and Company only read the new “Living and Breathing” version!..:)

Dire Straits on December 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM

It’s nothing but another regulation blank sheet for Democrats to fill — crush the the American economy and raise food prices.

Most important, raise food prices.

tarpon on December 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Priceless…

Khun Joe on December 1, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Yesterday, Senate Democrats were crowing about this bill. Today, they’ll be eating crow.

….but they won’t be getting their crow from a farmer’s market.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 1, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Incompetents! How long have those people been in office and they still do not know the Constitution well enough to do something right. All the better for us, actually. They know the parliamentary system better and use it to stop representatives from being allowed to speak or present amendments but our actual rule of law, not so much. Not as smart as they think they are.

Kissmygrits on December 1, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Rules, boundaries, and limitations. There are none, therefor, gopherit. If someone attempts to stop your effort, go around them, over them , under them, parachute in, pole vault over, or just ignore them and do it anyway; what are ‘they’ gonna do? Arrest you? Hah!

Skandia Recluse on December 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

lol jeesh does anyone in d.c read the constitution.

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Constitution? We don’t care about the Constitution.

/Fascist-Democrats

Gee, doesn’t this make Christine O’Donnell’s pledge to only vote for a bill if it’s constitutional sound, ah, what’s the word, um, right.

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

That’s all bills, Harry…
The Senate can’t raise taxes.
And a good thing, too!

Haiku Guy on December 1, 2010 at 9:08 AM

The little kings have had their day.
Now it’s time to go away…

golfmann on December 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Gee, doesn’t this make Christine O’Donnell’s pledge to only vote for a bill if it’s constitutional sound, ah, what’s the word, um, right.

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Now you’ve done it. The clarion call has been sounded … Christine O’Donnell was mentioned in Hot Air, assemble the troops!

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

What we’ve got heah is failure to Communicate.

kingsjester on December 1, 2010 at 9:10 AM

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Oh noes. Not again.

kingsjester on December 1, 2010 at 9:10 AM

You must pass the bill,
As Speaker Pelosi says,
To see what’s in it.

Haiku Guy on December 1, 2010 at 9:11 AM

And they would have gotten away, too, with it if it weren’t for that pesky Constitution!

Gee, doesn’t this make Christine O’Donnell’s pledge to only vote for a bill if it’s constitutional sound, ah, what’s the word, um, right.

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Too bad there’s a bearded Marxist in that seat now because she was a joke of a candidate.

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM
ah oh 8)

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I see you heeded the call.

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 9:16 AM

And they would have gotten away, too, with it if it weren’t for that pesky Constitution!

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM

SCOOBYROO!

Haiku Guy on December 1, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Is a circus with so many clowns still a circus.

roflmao

donabernathy on December 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM

You are good COD named called and bam here you are. :)

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Isn’t it just great that we are so big, powerful and flush with cash that we can work so far down on the priority list with something so important such as “food safety.”

I’m quite certain that, if passed, there will be more hungry Americans as a result. Then again, that’s probably the intended result.

ted c on December 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

These same geniuses want to run your health care.

Please note: Obama care was written in the Senate and the house was not even allowed to change one single word, period, comma, nothing.

Obama care raised taxes and originated in the Senate.

It should be DOA

The Rock on December 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

They did this by having the House pass a bill, then blanking it out entirely and filling it in with the Senate version of OCare. Then the House passed this revised bill without any changes as you noted. Thus OCare ‘originated’ in the House.

It was just one of the sleazy tricks they used to jam this horseapple down our collective throats.

GnuBreed on December 1, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Reid was too busy working on his University of Nevada football team spiel to notice this screw up.

Thank God Democrats are dumber than sh*t.

BuckeyeSam on December 1, 2010 at 9:18 AM

The food safety bill passed the Senate without any Republican votes?

Rode Werk on December 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Section 107 of the bill raises taxes, and as any Constitutional scholar can attest — or anyone else who has actually read the document that Senators swore to uphold when taking office — only the House of Representatives has that power:

Is never taking a high school government class a prerequisite of being leftist Democrat trash in the 21st century?

MNHawk on December 1, 2010 at 9:23 AM

These so called “smart elite people” are truly proving themselves to be stupid people on a daily basis. The citizens are finally realizing this. I will include several Republicans in this category also; especially the eight who voted for the continuance of earmarks yesterday.

Keemo on December 1, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Will Reid be chowing down on FDA-approved crow?

onlineanalyst on December 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM

You are good COD named called and bam here you are. :)

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Who called the name first?

Gee, doesn’t this make Christine O’Donnell’s pledge to only vote for a bill if it’s constitutional sound, ah, what’s the word, um, right.

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

And who followed that with another mention?

Now you’ve done it. The clarion call has been sounded … Christine O’Donnell was mentioned in Hot Air, assemble the troops!

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

By my count, that’s 2 COD fans making the “call” before anybody else did.

What were you guys saying again?

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM

The hubris! The arrogance! The stupidity! And, they think no one is watching? DO they not realize that they have awoken a sleeping giant, and the American People are pissed?

EliTheBean on December 1, 2010 at 9:26 AM

The food safety bill passed the Senate without any Republican votes?

Rode Werk on December 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

I think eight GOP senators voted for it.

Wethal on December 1, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Will Reid be chowing down on FDA-approved crow?

onlineanalyst on December 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I’m sure they won’t be using any salt with that crow…

tinkerthinker on December 1, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Remember when Shamnesty was killed in 2007 for the third time? Reid voted for an amendment that he should have voted against. Under Senate rules, that automatically sent it back to committee, as DeMint and Sessions promptly noted.

Good times, good times.

Wethal on December 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Oh, please. Name one bill in the past century that was actually Constitutional.

DrMagnolias on December 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

oh get real, we don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution. We’ve ripped up that stupid document with the mandate to purchase obamacare, purchase car companies, forcing taxpayers to bail out private industry, body scans and pat downs………

katablog.com on December 1, 2010 at 9:32 AM

The hubris! The arrogance! The stupidity! And, they think no one is watching? DO they not realize that they have awoken a sleeping giant, and the American People are pissed?

Of course they do – they endured November elections. This is now PAY BACK!

katablog.com on December 1, 2010 at 9:33 AM

What were you guys saying again?

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM

We’re saying that once her name was mentioned it wouldn’t be long before one or more of her well known detractors showed up.

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

How many Senators are lawyers, too? Isn’t it around 60%? Did they all take constitutional law classes from Obama?

Fallon on December 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I’ll start celebrating when this bill dies completely.

But it is good news for now.

BierManVA on December 1, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Will Reid be chowing down on FDA-approved crow?
onlineanalyst on December 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Depends. Have the crows been eating subsidized corn?

BierManVA on December 1, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Those Senate Democrats are loons!..:)

Dire Straits on December 1, 2010 at 8:54 AM

What about the Senate Republicans who have voted for the Bill?

TheAlamos on December 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM

This is what happens when legislation written by outside commie entities like Tides or Center for American Progress Communism inject their enormous power grabbing “bills” into congress and no one reads them.

The scary part is how easily this piece of s@#t passed, including all of the usual RINO suspects and then some.

This one time that we got lucky because of their over reaching and incompetence. But if anyone is wondering if the stinking, traitorous RINOs got the message of November 2010, guess again.

ontherocks on December 1, 2010 at 9:44 AM

This is bleeping bullbleep. Dangerous food is bad, I need safety, and I’m bleeping starving over here.

SlimyBill on December 1, 2010 at 9:44 AM

And they would have gotten away, too, with it if it weren’t for that pesky Constitution!

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM
SCOOBYROO!

Haiku Guy on December 1, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Haiku Guy — do you speak in Haiku all day, or do you reserve that talent for HotAir?

Ron-sti-TU-tion-al?
Scoo-bee-doo-bee-doo-oo-oo
Like, wait for me, Scoob!

DOOF on December 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM

By my count, that’s 2 COD fans making the “call” before anybody else did.

What were you guys saying again?

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I’m not actually a COD fan, she was a weak candidate. But if the choice was, and it was, between her and a bearded marxist, I’ll take her any day. And I’ll take her over a Cap’n'Trade voting Republican too. As weak & with as much MSM saddled baggage as she was, I prefer a candidate who’s going to vow to stick to the Constitution. (I’m funny that way.)

The task is, to get candidates with COD’s positives without her negatives. That task starts, this past November 3rd.

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM

We’re saying that once her name was mentioned it wouldn’t be long before one or more of her well known detractors showed up.

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Who mentioned her first? Her detractors?

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM

lol jeesh does anyone in d.c read the constitution.

djohn669 on December 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Constitution! What Constitution, inside DC it is a ship moored in Boston.

Wade on December 1, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Why exactly is this bill bad again? I like safe food and would be willing to pay a little extra for it.

Illinidiva on December 1, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Proof that God exists.

mizflame98 on December 1, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Why don’t they just delete Section 107 and then have the Senate pass the revised bill?

Jimbo3 on December 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Didn’t they also pass reparations or is that still coming for this week?
The win on election day was great but if nothing changes, nothing changes.

ORconservative on December 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Does this mean a majority of Nevada citizens are dumber then the boob they re-elected? Good lord!!!

capejasmine on December 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM

How does a right of center blogger post on this topic without noting the 14 GOP votes for the bill?

james23 on December 1, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Thank goodness these statists are as ignorant and incompetent as they are.

Just think how much more damage they could do if they actually had a clue.

AZCoyote on December 1, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Who mentioned her first? Her detractors?

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM

What? Can you not read? Someone mentioned her name and I said this:

Now you’ve done it. The clarion call has been sounded … Christine O’Donnell was mentioned in Hot Air, assemble the troops!

You showed up a few minutes later to say this:

Too bad there’s a bearded Marxist in that seat now because she was a joke of a candidate.

Which prompted me to say to you:

I see you heeded the call.

Get it?

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Didn’t they also pass reparations or is that still coming for this week?

ORconservative on December 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM

The multi-billion-dollar taxpayer giveaway to black “farmers” was approved. Obama and co. have figured out that it’s politically dicey to explicitly refer to “reparations.” But that doesn’t mean they aren’t busy pi$$ing our money away to various “oppressed” groups, in thinly-disguised efforts to redress wrongs committed long ago against people long dead by people long dead.

AZCoyote on December 1, 2010 at 10:14 AM

The bearded Marxist is still better than that RINO Castle.

Slowburn on December 1, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Senate violates US Constitution; Reid questions constitutionality of the Constitution.

“But, its for the children”

BobMbx on December 1, 2010 at 10:24 AM

How does a right of center blogger post on this topic without noting the 14 GOP votes for the bill?

james23 on December 1, 2010 at 10:09 AM

My thoughts exactly, that is the main problem here.

darwin-t on December 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM

The bearded Marxist is still better than that RINO Castle.

Slowburn on December 1, 2010 at 10:22 AM
He’s not, actually.

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Harry would have gotten it right, if he hadn’t been spending the whole weekend celebrating Nevada’s win over Bosie State.

jon1979 on December 1, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Good, this is a POS bill that should never have seen the light of day. It is a great shame that so many Republican Senators voted for its passage.

dczombie on December 1, 2010 at 10:29 AM

What? Can you not read? Someone mentioned her name and I said this:

You mean…one of her fans brought her up in a thread that had nothing to do with her?

Imagine that.

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 10:29 AM

You mean…one of her fans brought her up in a thread that had nothing to do with her?

Imagine that.

Good Lt on December 1, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Yeah sure, whatever. It totally went over your head. That breeze you felt? Yeah, that was it.

darwin on December 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Section 107 of the bill raises taxes, and as any Constitutional scholar can attest — or anyone else who has actually read the document that Senators swore to uphold when taking office — only the House of Representatives has that power:

I don’t think this is an issue of members of the Senate not knowing that tax bills have to originate in the House. Everyone knows that. I think this is an issue of Senators voting on legislation they haven’t bothered to read.

It just seems clear as day – neither the Members nor their staff bothered to read the bill. That includes the Republicans who voted against it. If they had read it, they would have raised a big fat red flag to either block, stall, or re-write the bill.

No one bothered to read the bill.

Just like no one bothered to read Cap&Tax

Just like no one bothered to read Obamacare.

Honestly this is unacceptable. Worst political class ever. Ever.

dczombie on December 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Here’s some good medical news: the FDA has recalled Darvocet and Darvon.

My wife uses Darvocet to control the pain from RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and has been using it for the last 7 years with no ill effect.

The recall was in response to a petion from “Public Citizen” the reactionary leftist group founded by Ralph Nader.

Thanks a lot, assholes, now my wife is in a panic trying to track down her neurologist in order to get a replacement pain medicine.

One that will have actual side effects, unlike the Darvocet.

Oh, and Darvon has been on the market since 1957.

N. O'Brain on December 1, 2010 at 10:36 AM

May I suggest those complaining about legislatures “not reading the bill or constitution”, actually read this bill and what it provides…

My wife, a Board member of S.T.O.P. (Safe Tables Our Priority) almost died from e-coli O157-H7 (<5% survival rate) due to a tainted hamburger whilst eating lunch in college…

The lobby against this and many bills of the past are primarily meat producers and distributors – like ConAgra and now veggie producers, primarily from Californias "salad bowl" – where 70% of new e-coli traces have been found. Remember the Taco Bell e-coli outbreak???? From green onions. Rememebr the spinach e-coli outbreak… also from the salad bowl region, which btw – received $30M to compensate those very spinach farmers (guess whos California lobby…)

Now I am not going to get all "left wing on ya'll" – and hope most here know I am a staunch conservative Rep – but this bill is long overdue for 3 main reasons:

A) As of now – any recall for tainted food – is VOLUNTARY and cannot be forced by the FDA. When a producer decides to pull food off the shelf – it is generally 4-6 weeks AFTER that food is in your pantry. This bill allows the FDA to force recalls by law.

B) Actual cost to meat producers, per pound … .05 cents. Actual cost to veggie procuders… .03 cents.

C) Technology has been there for point of origin tracing for over 30 years. Think about it. Walmart can track a $1 pen – from point of origin to the very shelf it sits on in real time; your food isnt required by law to be point of origin tracked. NOw – last time I checked – that cost isnt being passed down , net – net to consumers – AND – Walmart was the first to require mandatory point of origin vegetables. If Walmart – due to sheer size (like the beef, veggie industry) can institute these measures, while offering the cheapest prices.

This is one issue that shouldnt be used as a political wedge, being all partys eat food everyday.

Odie1941 on December 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Please, no new laws… Just fund the government then go home…

mjbrooks3 on December 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM

FIFY.

If the lame ducks DON’T fund the government, that will be the job of the new House in January, where the Republicans can cut out what shouldn’t be funded, such as the EPA making vague and undefined “rules” on emissions of seltzer gas.

If the lame ducks DO fund the government through FY 2011, nothing can be defunded until next October.

Steve Z on December 1, 2010 at 10:41 AM

The food safety bill passed the Senate without any Republican votes?

Rode Werk on December 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

I wish, every squishy RINO voted for it, something like 73 yeas :( Democrat aren’t the only ones who don’t know the constitution.

Mini-14 on December 1, 2010 at 10:50 AM

From OpenCongress, these are the Republicans that voted AYE on S.510:

Sen. Lamar Alexander [R, TN]
Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA]
Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC]
Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME]
Sen. Michael Enzi [R, WY]
Sen. Charles Grassley [R, IA]
Sen. Judd Gregg [R, NH]
Sen. Mike Johanns [R, NE]
Sen. Mark Kirk [R, IL]
Sen. George LeMieux [R, FL]
Sen. Richard Lugar [R, IN]
Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R, AK]
Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME]
Sen. David Vitter [R, LA]
Sen. George Voinovich [R, OH]

Apparently there are a few individuals who need to learn about the Constitution. Perhaps they can take the courses that Rep. Bachmann will be sponsoring for the incoming freshmen next year so they can get a handle on what their jobs actually are.

ajacksonian on December 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Constitution? We don’t care about the Constitution.
rbj on December 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

You were saying…?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2iiirr5KI8

Dopenstrange on December 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM

You were saying…?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2iiirr5KI8

Dopenstrange on December 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Exactly what I was thinking. Couldn’t come up with the name though. Thanks.

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Let’s remember that this is the bill that would have regulated ANY food production. If you grew a tomato plant on your porch you’d be subject to the regulations and “revenue raisers” in the bill (NOTE: Tester did put in a 11th hour amendment to protect small farms and sellers to farmers market, but it’s not likely to survive challenge).

This bill would make many hunters and fishermen in the U.S. guilty of federal crimes for the fish and venison in their freezers.

This bill would raise the cost of prepared (fast, restaurant and quick-service) foods skyrocket. It would make most meals in a box exponentially more expensive to produce.

They’re calling this a food safety bill, but it’s a producers nightmare at every scale.

AS FAR AS LAME DUCK SESSIONS GO:

They wanted to pass this bill because they could and it gave them a good name on a bill. They send out their press releases, “LOOK AT WHAT WE DID! YIPPE!!!”

Then it sits. And now they have an untouchable name attached to a piece of paper that’s passed the Senate. They then erase what’s under the name and insert whatever bill they want which they know won’t get past the Senate and VOILA, passed both houses.

Nancy will now force some heinous thing on us and they’ll use the FSMA to put them together.

Expect alot of seemingly disjointed legislation pass quickly without coordination between houses. They’ll match up the cards right at the end.

Jason Coleman on December 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM

rbj on December 1, 2010 at 11:05 AM

You’re welcome. I kind of figured you were going there, but I wasn’t sure. That ignorant tub o’ lard makes me want to puke.

Dopenstrange on December 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM

It’s nothing but another regulation blank sheet for Democrats to fill — crush the the American economy and raise food prices.

Most important, raise food prices.

tarpon on December 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Your food is cheap bcs of agriculture subsidies.
Take those away & food will rise in price accordingly.
Notice beef is always high. It really doesn’t receive any subsidies.

Odie1941 on December 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Beef has a perfect tracking system.
The brand. That’s why the NAIS bull$h!t didn’t pan out.
COOL is fought hard by large processors bcs it would cost them some $$ to separate out product by country.

If you all want safe food then get educated about irradiation & support it.
E coli would not be an issue with irradiation.
I have no problem with the govt being a watchdog for safe food. But they can’t run anythuing without screwing it up, so they just need to enforce the regs they already have without giving these guys more stuff to do that they can’t do.
Do you all understand that when you buy a steak that says USDA Inspected that it isn’t? This designation is absolutely meaningless.
Large processors don’t have in house federal inspectors anymore.
The feds let these guys police themselves.
This is where state agencies need to come in.
Some states do a very good job with inspections.
If you want to sell eggs, you can buy like a $10 egg license. A guy comes to visit your place probably once, ever, & that’s it.
Outbreaks in the food supplies are actually very rare given the complexity of our system.
A lot of poisonings are due to improper preparation.
We’d do better to focus on our open borders.
Too bad they won’t do that.

Badger40 on December 1, 2010 at 12:13 PM

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/food-safety-fight-moves-to-house

Email your reps…..

reshas1 on December 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Please, no new laws… Just de-fund the government then go home…

mjbrooks3 on December 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM

FIFY

Fighton03 on December 1, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The Democrat controlled Congress is in complete chaos!

I hope this Republic survives until the Republicans can take control again.

Open mics embarrassments, Representatives in direct rebellion, and bills that are so flawed that they are dead.

It is a good thing Democrats are so bad, good because their power is at least limited by their own idiocy.

But I doubt there has ever been so much chaos with so little reason. None of this stuff they are tackling now should be stressful enough to cause complete chaos, yet here we are.

This reminds me of those clips where foreign Parliaments break into fist fights. It’s that bad in Washington now.

petunia on December 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM

What constitution?

shar61 on December 1, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Why wasn’t THIS bill filibustered by McConnell on constitutional grounds + his pledge on tax increases.

Dasher on December 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Expect alot of seemingly disjointed legislation pass quickly without coordination between houses. They’ll match up the cards right at the end.

Jason Coleman on December 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Sounds just like last year’s legislation, we have to pass it to find out what’s in it!

This must stop.

petunia on December 1, 2010 at 1:27 PM

This is such an effing nightmare. crr6 approves no doubt.

jawkneemusic on December 1, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I would say the socialists overlooked the Constitution, but they’d first had to have read it.

madmonkphotog on December 1, 2010 at 1:40 PM

petunia on December 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Its that bad because the power and influence structure in DC is in a panic. Its perception of the outside world and “the little people” is being turned upside down and they don’t know how to deal with it. I would like to see all elected officials exchanged every cycle for about the next 18 years, then you might see some people that are truly interestwed in their constituents, not themselves.

belad on December 1, 2010 at 1:46 PM

interestwed = interested

belad on December 1, 2010 at 1:47 PM

This is one issue that shouldnt be used as a political wedge, being all partys eat food everyday.

Odie1941 on December 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I’m not sure why the upset is over this either. I’d prefer to pay a bit extra for food if the FDA can order a mandatory recall. It seems to me that making sure our food supply is E-coli free is sort of one of the basic functions of government.

I guess that this makes me a RINO however.

Illinidiva on December 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM

First came CPSIA, now Food Safety. Mark, son of David, Pryor will not be denied his dominion over us…

Gohawgs on December 1, 2010 at 2:01 PM

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