It has been a very long process.  It now goes to the President to sign.  below is me in Spring 2008 making my pitch before the Committee that the Bill eventually came from.  Here is what I said to the LA Times today after the Bills passage:

“In a bad economy, with the kind of budget constraints we’re going to be under, I think that’s a risk,” said William Marler, a food safety attorney from Seattle who represents people sickened by tainted food. “I think it’s going to be all about whether the coalition that pushed this bill through is going to be able to stick together for more money.”

  • Jeff Almer

    I can’t think of a better way to mark the 2 year anniversary of Shirley Almer’s death due to contaminated food. Thanks to everyone who has been pushing the envelope every step of the way.

  • Thanks Jeff for all you have done. Your mom is proud of you.

  • Congratulations to all, my only hope is Canada will follow the lead. I am excited about the implementation the food safety bill but as is sometimes the case does not go the extra mile, by excluding what I believe could be the most dangerous to food safety from farm to fork. Namely small farms and ultimately food retail outlets. But progress is still progress.
    My thanks and respect to you Bill for your efforts and successes and as always, wait with baited breath for your blogs.

  • Erik B. Ellingson

    Bill: I’ve been following this ping-pong match through your blog. Your tireless effort to help make this a reality is finally about to pay off. When the President picks up the pen, I will raise a glass of well-chilled (pasteurized) eggnog in celebration of the season and, especially, this remarkable accomplishment. Congratulations!

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    It is interesting how the Bill became Partisan in the end . . .(but beggers can not be choosers and WE’LL TAKE IT!!!)