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Where Oh Where is S. 510, The Food Safety Bill? Oh Where Oh Where can it be?

Senate_in_session.jpgHere is a brief outline from a variety of sources on the agreement the Senate seems to have reached – for now – as of late last night now that the Tester Amendment has been folded into the full Bill.

Senator Reid filed yet another cloture motion on the bill, and the vote on that motion will be Monday, Nov 29th in the evening. If cloture is invoked then the following amendments will be considered:

· Senator Johanns’s motion regarding 1099 forms (this is a health care related issue)

· Senator Baucus’s motion regarding 1099 forms

· Senator Coburn’s motion regarding a substitute amendment to S510

· Senator Coburn’s motion regarding earmarks

If any motion is agreed to (vote threshold is 60), then the Senate will vote on the actual amendments. Once those are disposed of, there should be a vote on S. 510. Have I lost you yet?

Senator Harkin has said that House leadership will take up and pass S. 510 if the Senate can pass it, but at this point it’s a rumor and not confirmed. The Senate and House will likely be in session for most of December so there is always hope. However, as I said yesterday, with the leafy green and fruit associations pulling support for S. 510 because of the addition of the Tester Amendment, everything is still up in the air.

  • http://www.healthyfoodcoalition.org Harry Hamil

    Thanks for the update.

  • Margaret Smith

    This bill is nuts.
    Too expensive
    Too much power to FDA
    Too much in favor of Monsanto, ADM and big agra business. FDA head used to work for Monsanto and probably will again – Helps give big agra-business a monopoly.
    You will not be in control of your food.
    Your choices will be limited.
    It could be illegal to save seeds, so likely all seeds would be GMOs.
    It should be life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and food, though I thought food was a part of all three of the former.
    And these are just some of the bad points.
    Some off the really bad parts were removed but it still is not good. Section 106 was removed. “As an example of the type of controls imposed, Section 106 provides in part for the regulations issued to be kept secret from the public, “In the interest of national security, the Secretary … may determine the time and manner in which the guidance documents issued under paragraph (1) are made public…”” from healthfreedomusa.org
    Read the bill or read about this bill, (Its 150 pages long! with lots of pork)
    Then contact your congress person and tell them it is a bad bill –
    Tell them to Vote Against S.510.