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.”