Congress Steps Up Again and Passes Food Safety Bill… Again

December 20, 2010
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Americans May Get Food Safety After All

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.

This comes just days after the bill was allowed to die in the Senate, which itself came just a month after the Senate had passed the Food Safety Bill by 74-25.

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.”

Commentary:

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.

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