December 20th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Food safety bill, thought dead, passes unanimously

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(CNN) - Rumors of the Food Safety Modernization Act's demise proved premature. The Senate passed the Food Safety Bill, as amended by Senator Jon Tester, yesterday afternoon by unanimous consent.

The bill, designed to increase government inspections of the food supply in the wake of recent deadly foodborne disease outbreaks, originally passed with wide support in both chambers. However, it faced an uncertain future, requiring re-approval because it violated a Constitutional requirement that bills that raise revenue initiate in the House.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    The only place I could find talking about this bill being dead was CNN.
    If your ranting had any influence on its passage good for CNN; but I suspect not, it was clearly on the agenda already and you were trying to create drama out of nothing.
    Please report the facts it is dramatic enough that a bill is constitutionally improper when so many lawyers work in the House Senate and back offices.
    By the way if the Senate "ultimately controls the purse strings" how come The House can override them? That's double jeopardy as I believe the house actually had voted OK on the bill anyway.
    Too many lawyers, too much money, and too much religion, in American politics and not enough by a long way the will of the people in congress.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:51 am |
  2. Jared

    If the summation of this bill as portrayed on numerous sites and videos is legitimate... this bill is the most destructive legislation to the basis of our exsistance I have ever seen. You Can NOT Save Seeds...what?

    December 21, 2010 at 12:41 am |
  3. Suzanne

    We have a number of doctors in our family and friends also. When the subject comes up the openion is that if the fraud, payoff's, overcharging and other wrongs were addressed, there could be medicine for everyone in our country. How about starting with congress who does not pay it's way. To pass the bill with so much money going to earmarks which are just wrong. Congress spends most of it's time keeping themselves in office. It's very, very expensive to run for office. We need term limits. China ownes us now and we have become the laughing stock of the world when they found out obout all the earmarks going to nonsense. It's sinful. Shame, shame!

    December 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm |