In another surprise move late last night by the United States Senate, the Food Safety Bill was passed unanimously by Democrats and Republicans without a single objection to the bill.
According to an article by Karoun Demirjian of the Las Vegas Sun, Senate Bill S.510 — the Food Safety bill passed last month by the Senate — suffered from a Constitutional hiccup because the bill included provisions for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect fees, and this made S.510 a revenue bill. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution states, “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
This means the Food Safety bill needed to be scrapped and re-written without the provisions for fee collection by the FDA. Montana Democrat Jon Tester offered the amendment making this so, and the Food Safety bill passed once again.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said earlier today, “Our food safety system has not been updated in almost a century. This legislation will improve on our current food safety system by giving the FDA the resources it needs to keep up with advances in food production and marketing, without unduly burdening farmers and food producers.”
Perhaps I was too rash in saying the Congress couldn’t do one fucking thing right. Maybe they did something right after all. Let’s just see if it sticks this time.