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More sneakiness – Food safety bill is passed as part of completely unrelated Cash for Clunkers HR2751

It is especially noteworthy to observe that the US Senate passed this bill in the dark of night, during a late Sunday night session when they hoped nobody was watching. This is an action they simply could not take in broad daylight during a normal business day when people might be paying attention. So they pulled a “quarterback sneak” and thrust this bill forward in a late-night session where nobody — and I mean nobody — had the courage to take a stand and vote against it.

Well, back to the down and dirty tricks and maneuvers of the 111th congress.  They stop at nothing, including deceit and malpractice.

I was trying to follow the food safety bill (S510) which was tacked onto the Omnibus bill (HR3082) to get around a constitutional issue – the Omnibus bill that was stopped in the Senate.  It was at this point that I lost track of it.

Take your eyes off the ball for a minute and you can’t even find the ball.  The following is the best I could come up with as to what happened to it.  Needless to say, they found a way to pass it.  I think my thread ran out with it on the way to the president for signature.  Which I know he did sign even though I can’t find that verified.

Here’s what happened:

The House passed a sweeping food safety measure last summer. But that bill wouldn’t fly in the Senate. So the House had to give in this fall and accept a scaled back version from the Senate.

The Senate had to overcome numerous procedural hurdles to get its bill through in November. There were financial objections from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Democrats had to put off Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who wanted to ban the chemical BPA from baby bottles.

Then it turned out the Senate screwed up and included language in its version that were technically supposed to come from the House first — i.e. revenue raising provisions.

So the House fixed that and passed the Senate food safety bill again – this time as part of a bill designed to keep the government running through February known as a continuing resolution, or CR.

But late last week, Senate leaders feared that resolution might get snagged, so the food safety bill looked like it was in jeopardy again.

To avoid another showdown, the Senate passed the food safety bill again on Sunday afternoon — separate from the CR. Which now means it needs to go back to the House for a third vote. That could happen as early as Tuesday, and then it would finally go to the president for signature

Here’s the part I really like (sarc) but it tells a story all its own of the shenanigans that are engaged in to do what they want to do..  This from Tuesday, December 21. 2010:

Once again, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with her sidekicks Waxman and Dingell, has used legislative “sleight-of-hand” to force through the “Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act” (H.R.2751) with S.510 attached.  Just today, the Bill passed on a vote of 215 For and 144 Against.  It is rich irony indeed that the “Cash for Clunkers” reauthorization bill (H.R.2751) has provided the ride for S.510, another “clunker” that will unleash an avalanche of useless, business-killing paperwork upon the food industry and a swarm of parasitic FDA bureaucrats.  The result will be, as we have said all along, a food supply that is less safe, more expensive, and less abundant.  Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in complete fantasy land.

So S510 became a part of Omnibus, that is,  until it failed.  Then it became a part of H.R. 2751 – a bill on recycling which has nothing to do with food safety.

I’d like to see a little diagram of how this bill became a law.

And what was the roll call vote?  I don’t know.  That will take more research.

See:  http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=2668


And previous post:   https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/slight-of-hand-food-safety-bill-moved-into-appropriations-bill/

Posted:  12.25.10

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Slight of hand – Food safety bill moved into appropriations bill

sneaky, sneaky democrats.  They cannot be trusted, not even for a minute.

Sarah Foster says:

It didn’t take long for the democrats to find a way around the constitutional  roadblock that halted S-150

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

following its approval by the Senate last week.

When proponents found the measure couldn’t move forward in the House, they quietly attached it as an amendment to the $1.1 trillion continuing resolution (CR), H.R. 3082: “The Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011” – a measure designed to fund the government through September, that was headed to the floor for a vote.

Folding S. 510 into H.R. 3082 added some 238 pages to the appropriations measure, which now has 423.

GOP members protested using the continuing resolution as a piggyback ride for S. 510. House Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), the incoming Agriculture Committee chairman, slammed the Democrats for resorting to legislative tricks to pass what has become a bitterly contentious measure.

“This is the sort of nonsense that Americans rejected just a few weeks ago,” Lucas exclaimed during the debate.

Nonetheless, on Wednesday evening the House approved the package (the CR with S. 510 and several other tax-spending bills attached), along a largely party-line vote of 212-206 — with not a single Republican vote cast in favor. Moreover, 35 Democrats joined their GOP colleagues in casting No votes. Eight Democrats and eight Republicans are listed as not voting. Click here for the roll-call.

The next step is to continue inundating the Senate with voter outrage.

Long story short – S150, the Food Safety Act, is now tacked on to the bill funding the government HR 3082.  So while I’m looking for S150, it doesn’t really exist any more due to the slight of hand in the United States House of Representatives.

So it is so true – when there’s a lot happening on the left-hand, be sure to watch what the right hand is doing.

Notice how “quietly” they did this.  Where was our watchdog news media to inform us what is going on?  They are doing the distracting, that’s where they are.

See:  https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/food-safety-bill-may-be-dead/

Posted:  12.14.10


“…..212 for – 206 against — with not a single Republican vote cast in favor. Moreover, 35 Democrats joined their GOP colleagues in casting No votes. Eight Democrats and eight Republicans are listed as not voting.”

BUT WHY DID THESE 8 REPUBLICANS NOT VOTE? Had they voted no, and the 8 democrats had not voted, this would not have passed.

Bilbray – California
Blunt – Missouri
Fallin – Oklahoma
Granger – Texas
Griffith – Alabama
Marchant – Texas
McMorris Rodgers – Washington
Radanovich – California

More info:  http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/111/house/2/622

Republican Senators likely to Vote Yes.

Kit Bond Missouri
George Voinovich Ohio
Robert Bennett Utah
Thad Cochran Mississippi
Susan Collins Maine
Jim Inhofe Oklahoma
Dick Lugar Indiana
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Richard Shelby Alabama

See more:  http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/12/10/congress-funds-obamacare-lots-pork-tree-christmas/

Updated:  12.14.10 @ 7:16 p.m.


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Food safety bill may be dead

Well, look at this. The Senate has messed up on the food safety bill.

A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.

By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides.

The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.

Thank. you. Lord.

See more at Roll Call.

Apparently, Coburn stands in the way of a fix for this:

According to Senate GOP aides, a unanimous consent agreement is all but certain to be a nonstarter because the bill’s chief opponent, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), will not agree to such a deal.

Coburn “will object and demand changes as [he has] from the get-go,” a GOP aide familiar with the situation said.

So what’s his story?  What’s his game?  Is he going to cave in the end?  I don’t trust any of them after watching the little rat Bart Stupak pretend he was going to vote against Obamacare and then at the last minute voted for it.

I heard that this will essentially put the United States under the U. N in matters of food safety.  More power to the FDA for sure and it does NOT cover meat, poultry and eggs.  Can you believe this?  Remember the blitz about contaminated eggs during the summer?  I was wondering what the hidden agenda was there.  I am still wondering.  This is how incompetent the congress is.  We’ll be so much safer – that is if we don’t eat any meat, poultry, and eggs.  This is just like the financial protection bill, the Frank/Dodd bill.  Sweeping controls handed over to some governmental agency, but not covering Fannie/Freddie.  So let’s see, healthcare, food, finances…..what’s left?  Water?  I’m sure they’re working on it.

Republicans who voted YES in the Senate:

Alexander (R-TN)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Collins (R-ME)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kirk (R-IL)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Snowe (R-ME)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)

Why did they vote yes?  Why?  I see my senator, La-Muuuw voted for it.  Marco Rubio takes his seat in January.

I heard someone say yesterday that these clowns better pray every day that the American people remain a peace loving, law abiding people.

Posted:  12.02.10  Update:  12.02.10 @ 12:00 p.m.

Update:  https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/slight-of-hand-food-safety-bill-moved-into-appropriations-bill/


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