Republicans block food safety bill
December 17th, 2010
03:51 PM ET
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A sweeping food safety bill that passed the House and Senate earlier this year before stalling because of a legislative technicality now will likely die because Republicans object to giving it quick approval in the waning days of the congressional session, Senate leadership aides on both sides of the aisle said Friday.

The bill, designed to increase government inspections of the food supply in the wake of recent deadly food borne disease outbreaks, originally passed with wide support in the both chambers. However, it needs approval again because it violated a Constitutional requirement that bills that raise revenue initiate in the House.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Harp

    Neither side is going about this the right way. the whole food system in the country has been screwed up since we invented Crisco and white bread. Its not food safety we need to be so concerned with(most of your home kitchens would fail a health inspection anyway) it's the way we go about growing, processing, and shipping our food.

    December 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  2. kora

    The FDA needs to disappear and this bill was never to intent to do any good for the people.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  3. Mauibrad

    Couldn't have happened to a more deserving bill. Amazing that none of the corporate lobbyists who wanted it nor any of the Senate staffers, nor all of the Senators who voted for it the first time noticed the Constitutional mistake.

    December 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  4. Truth

    Man, do I hate it when people get political on a food blog...;)

    December 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
    • RichardHead@Truth

      Now,Don't you feel better my Brother?

      December 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
      • Truth@RichHEad

        I figured you would appreciate that one...:)

        December 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Brent Fredericy

    With the Republicans blocking the Safe Food bill & discrimination against people who prefer thier sex a nonreproductive type that serve in the military also hanging in the air, it pays to be a Republican. Prehaps we should all become Republicans, butt not all of us have that same lack of self respect.

    December 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  6. Snuffy

    Dave the 1st - you COMPLETELY miss the point. The constitutional oversight was corrected through the re-voting. What this article CLEARLY says is that Republicans declined to vote on now, for some power-hungry move they wished to make. Their power move is apparently more important than food safety for the American people. YOU need to grow up.

    December 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  7. Dave the 1st

    Yeah, you are absolutely right. who cares about it violating the constitution? I mean after all, It is a living document. What the heck, let's just put it out of it's misery. We don't need a constitution, We just need the Democratic party. They know what is good for all of us. I don't know about you, but I am not going to do or say anything else until I am specifically told to by a democrat, because they are PERFECT!!!!
    Grow up.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Well do the Republicans actually care about anyone in this country besides themeselves and their super rich corporate buddies. They don't want any kind of meaningful health care reform in order to protect their buddies at the health insurance companies. They effectively block anything from going through until they get the tax cuts for their rich buddies. Now they block a food safety bill which would have benefitted us all.
    Tell me why we vote these clowns in office.

    December 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  9. RichardHead

    Why is this not a surprise?

    December 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
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