Agenda 21 Food Control Bill S-510 Passed by Bipartisan Senate

The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach that sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of foods. The bill is intended to get the government to crack down on unsafe foods before they harm people rather than after outbreaks occur.

Despite unusual bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and a strong push from the Obama administration, the bill could still die because there might not be enough time for the usual haggling between the Senate and House of Representatives, which passed its own version last year. Top House Democrats said that they would consider simply passing the Senate version to speed approval.

Both versions of the bill would grant the F.D.A. new powers to recall tainted foods, increase inspections, demand accountability from food companies and oversee farming. But neither version would consolidate overlapping functions at the Department of Agriculture and nearly a dozen other federal agencies that oversee various aspects of food safety, making coordination among the agencies a continuing challenge.

While food-safety advocates and many industry groups preferred the House version because it includes more money for inspections and fewer exceptions from the rules it sets out, most said the Senate bill was far better than nothing.

“This is an historic moment,” said Erik Olson, deputy director of the Pew Health Group, an advocacy group. “For the first time in over 70 years, the Senate has approved an overhaul of F.D.A.’s food safety law that will help ensure that the food we put on our kitchen tables will be safer.”

Among the Senate bill’s last major sticking points was how it would affect small farmers and food producers. Some small-farm and organic food advocates warned that the legislation would destroy their industry under a mountain of paperwork, and Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat of Montana, pushed for a recent addition to the bill that exempts producers with less than $500,000 a year in sales who sell most of their food locally.

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Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that this is a huge increase in the sprawling and ever intrusive national and globalist grip on every aspect of our lives and that farms and garden marketers of the small, local, organic (even of the backyard variety) will suffer at the hands of government bureaucracy and regulation, but the take away is a lesson to the RNC.

Note the Republicans who voted to expand government and thereby limit your liberty (not to mention spending millions on new government departments, workers, etc.).  This is vindication of the candidacies of Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Linda McMahon, Joe Miller and Ken Buck.

A RINO is more likely to vote with the Democrats and therefore against you. I would rather vote for and possibly elect a conservative candidate than hold my nose and vote for someone who does not share my values and my respect for the Constitutional principles of Citizen Sovereignty and Liberty; in the first case I have a chance to have my voice heard, in the second… well let’s just say I get more of the same.  So, I am formally declaring: I am no longer a loyal Republican voter, I will vote for values not party; my name is legion.  Heed me or #fail.

On Passage of the Bill

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Full text of the bill »

Sponsor: Richard J. Durbin
Introduced: March 3, 2009
Passed House:
Passed Senate:
Considered by President:
Became Law:
Result: Bill Passed by a margin of 23 votes

  • Date of Vote: November 30, 2010
  • Roll Call Number: 257

Complete Roll Call

Yes Votes (73)

Member Party State
Daniel K. Akaka D HI
Lamar Alexander R TN
Max Baucus D MT
Evan Bayh D IN
Mark Begich D AK
Michael Bennet D CO
Jeff Bingaman D NM
Barbara Boxer D CA
Scott Brown R MA
Sherrod Brown D OH
Richard M. Burr R NC
Maria Cantwell D WA
Benjamin L. Cardin D MD
Thomas R. Carper D DE
Bob Casey D PA
Susan Collins R ME
Kent Conrad D ND
Christopher A. Coons D DE
Christopher J. Dodd D CT
Byron L. Dorgan D ND
Richard J. Durbin D IL
Michael B. Enzi R WY
Russ Feingold D WI
Dianne Feinstein D CA
Al Franken D MN
Kirsten Gillibrand D NY
Charles E. Grassley R IA
Judd Gregg R NH
Kay Hagan D NC
Tom Harkin D IA
Daniel K. Inouye D HI
Mike Johanns R NE
Tim Johnson D SD
John Kerry D MA
Mark Steven Kirk R IL
Amy Klobuchar D MN
Herb Kohl D WI
Mary L. Landrieu D LA
Frank R. Lautenberg D NJ
Patrick J. Leahy D VT
George S. LeMieux R FL
Carl Levin D MI
Joseph I. Lieberman ID CT
Blanche Lincoln D AR
Richard G. Lugar R IN
Joe Manchin III D WV
Claire McCaskill D MO
Robert Menendez D NJ
Jeff Merkley D OR
Barbara A. Mikulski D MD
Lisa Murkowski R AK
Patty Murray D WA
Ben Nelson D NE
Bill Nelson D FL
Mark Pryor D AR
Jack Reed D RI
Harry Reid D NV
John D. Rockefeller IV D WV
Bernard Sanders I VT
Charles E. Schumer D NY
Jeanne Shaheen D NH
Olympia J. Snowe R ME
Arlen Specter D PA
Debbie Stabenow D MI
Jon Tester D MT
Mark Udall D CO
Tom Udall D NM
David Vitter R LA
George V. Voinovich R OH
Mark Warner D VA
Jim Webb D VA
Sheldon Whitehouse D RI
Ron Wyden D OR

No Votes (25)

Member Party State
John Barrasso R WY
Robert F. Bennett R UT
Jim Bunning R KY
Saxby Chambliss R GA
Tom Coburn R OK
Thad Cochran R MS
Bob Corker R TN
John Cornyn R TX
Michael D. Crapo R ID
Jim DeMint R SC
John Ensign R NV
Lindsey Graham R SC
Orrin G. Hatch R UT
Kay Bailey Hutchison R TX
James M. Inhofe R OK
Johnny Isakson R GA
Jon Kyl R AZ
John McCain R AZ
Mitch McConnell R KY
Jim Risch R ID
Pat Roberts R KS
Jeff Sessions R AL
Richard C. Shelby R AL
John Thune R SD
Roger Wicker R MS

Did Not Vote (2)

Member Party State
Christopher S. Bond R MO
Sam Brownback R KS

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