Lame Duck Dems Allow GOP to Torpedo Food Safety Law Instead of Protecting American Families

Late yesterday afternoon a coalition of 20 produce groups constituting “Big Agriculture” or “Big Ag” sent a “letter” to Senate leadership urging the defeat of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The Food Safety Modernization Act would help protect people from foodborne illnesses.

A recent amendment added after significant public pressure on the Senate to do so would protect family-scale farm operations from excessive regulations designed by Big Ag to put small scale family farms out of business.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 5,000 people die and more than 76 million fall ill as a result of foodborne diseases each year.

The war on family farms by Big Ag is nothing new; however, with the recent FOX-GOP takeover of the House of Representatives and their successful corruption of the Supreme Court of the United States, as most recently evidenced by:

  • the Citizens United decision allowing corporate money to flood into United States elections without any disclosure requirements
  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s attendence at FOX-GOP fundraisers and his blatant disregard for the sanctity of the Supreme Court in claiming his attendance at GOP fundraisers is not important
  • the same Justice Alito’s offensive outburst at the State of the Union address last year when President Obama called out the Supreme Court for the clearly-partisan Citizens United case decision, correctly forecasting the corruption of the political process which would ensue, while Justice Alito shook his head and said, “No, no that’s not true” (America should IMPEACH that corrupt judge).
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife Ginny’s abhorrent behavior raising money for FOX-GOP special interests

What we’re seeing today in America is the erosion of the public trust under the smoke screen of the FOX-GOP daily distraction talking points.

Late Thursday evening the Senate voted 57 to 27 to move forward on the food safety bill, which is 3 votes short of the 60 votes needed to have passed the bill.

Incredibly, some 16 Senators skipped this important vote. No wonder they call it a lame duck session, right?

According to Food Democracy Now! Democratic Senators that missed the vote included:

Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) – both lame ducks.

John Kerry (D-MA)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Jim Webb (D-VA)

No excuses for those four Democrats. They dropped the ball and let American families down while the FOX-GOP takes away our protections one by one.

Commentary: Great job, Democrats. Give away the store while you still have control.

As for the FOX-GOP, the leader of this Anti-America campaign is Oklahoma’s Republican Senator Tom Coburn. Coburn went on a tirade yesterday on the Senate floor, babbling incoherent lies about food-borne illnesses and almost single-handedly stalling the vote on the most important food safety bill in generations.

Why? Because of the FOX-GOP’s stated mission to derail any piece of legislation in order to see to it that President Barack Obama is a one-term President.

Commentary: Look, this kind of shit really pisses me off. But I’m just one guy living under a tree.

Food Democracy Now! is leading a phone drive to get your Senators to act. People who care are calling their Senators and demanding all Democrats show up for the vote, and that the FOX-GOP Senators who claim to stand for “Country First” need to step up for America.