This just in via the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund office:
December 21, 2010 — Moments ago, the House of Representatives passed the Fake Food Safety bill—which the Senate, in one of the most underhanded legislative maneuvers we’ve ever seen, approved late Sunday night. It now goes to the president to be signed into law.
As we told you last week, Democrats first attempted to attach the food safety bill to the short-term spending measure to keep the government running, but Republicans balked because they wanted to keep that measure clean. So Sunday night,the Senate raised it as an amendment to a completely unrelated bill from the House of Representatives—H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act! Continue reading
Here’s the latest news on the Bill C-36 front, from an email we received today:
Canada's Senate chamber
THIS IS IT. WE NEED YOU TO STAY INVOLVED.
WE KNOW WE’RE ASKING A LOT BUT THE STAKES ARE HIGH.
With Bill C-36 going into another day of third reading December 13, we are making a difference.
If you haven’t worked with us, please make the time to work with us today. NHPPA leads by creating awareness and launching initiatives; but the difference is made by you. Continue reading
From a National Health Products Protection Association media release:
Canadian citizens who see Bill C-36 as anything but ‘safe’ overwhelmed Senators with communications last week.
They pressed government to allow time for a full debate in the Senate committee. Hundreds of individuals requested the attendance of constitutional and legal expert Shawn Buckley, who has studied the Bill and can testify to the dangers of it. Continue reading
from Augie’s “Journal of Natural Food and Healing”:
Picture via Journal of Natural Food and Healing
“The so-called Food
Safety Control S510 bill with the so-called savior Tester-Hagan amendments may now be passed back to the overwhelming approving Senate. This is a perfect example of hard-ball politics of division, where half the food freedom folks are for it and half against it.
Typically, federal control bills are written to appease large stakeholders, then revised to include most stakeholders, changed several times in the process, including having several bills of different names. In this battle, the war on food controls by the corporate/government partnership, the magic trick is to appear to save the small farms producing local foods, yet provide the legal and regulatory framework, with funding, to take it all way. Continue reading
The latest insights from David E. Gumpert on his “The Complete Patient” blog:
“The Tester-Hagan Amendment was supposed to be the savior of S510, giving smaller producers an exemption from the worst requirements of the so-called food safety legislation. Now, it turns out, the amendment may be the great black hole of the entire food safety steamroller.
While the lawyers are trying to figure out ways to finagle around the U.S. Senate’s error in venturing into the U.S. House’s territory by initiating revenue-generating legislation, another hole has opened in the crumbling dike that is S510. (Even The Wall Street Journal, normally a supporter of the FDA, has come out against it, stealing some of my lines, it seems.) Continue reading
From a recent email:
WE HAVE BEEN REFUSED TIME FOR DUE PROCESS
Despite hundreds of confirmed calls, emails and faxes from Canadians asking selected representative Shawn Buckley to appear on our behalf, Conservative Senate committee members voted down the request.
Liberal Senate committee members have been tabling our request consistently, asking for an honest debate. All 12 Senators on the Social Affairs committee have acknowledged receiving hundreds of emails. Continue reading
From Roll Call.com:
“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. Continue reading