According to a variety of news sources, Senate Democrats say an error in the Food Safety bill passed Tuesday can be resolved in time to send the legislation to President Obama by the end of the year. Two senior leadership aides confirmed that the bill the Senate approved, 73-25, “inadvertently” contained tax provisions that, under the Constitution, must originate in the House of Representatives. That means the bill must be passed a second time by the Senate, giving critics such as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) another chance to block it.”
However, “Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) remains optimistic that a procedural error wouldn’t derail the Food Safety bill that cleared the Senate on Tuesday, saying ‘nothing is going to kill this bill.'” Harkin “said Wednesday he spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) about a plan to first pass the bill in the House, then send it back to the Senate by week’s end.”
As the world turns.