Thursday, December 02, 2010

Constitutional error could kill Federal seed control bill

Any farmer should oppose this bill, especially small farmers. It makes keeping of seeds much more difficult. It's another attempt by the Federal government to control yet another freedom of the people.

Constitutional error could kill food safety bill
The Washington Post reports:

Food safety legislation that passed the Senate by a commanding margin is now threatened by a procedural snafu that could give Republicans opportunity to block it.

The largely bipartisan Senate bill appeared to be headed for quick passage in the House, which would have sent it to President Barack Obama's desk. But House Democrats said Wednesday that it contains fees that are considered tax provisions, which under congressional rules supposed to originate in the House.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., chided the Senate for making the mistake and said the House is trying to find a way to resolve the issue in the few remaining days of the congressional session.

"The Senate knows this rule and should follow this rule," he said.

The $1.4 billion bill passed the Senate 73-25 on Tuesday. It would increase Food and Drug Administration inspections of food facilities, place stricter standards on imported foods and give the agency broader authority to order a recall. Supporters say passage is critical after widespread outbreaks of salmonella and E. coli in peanuts, eggs and produce.
12/1/10 1:19 PM


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