HEY, TEA PARTIERS — WHERE ARE YOU?
By Sarah Foster
November 18, 2010
On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Senate voted 74-25 to invoke cloture on the S. 510: the “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act,” bypassing Sen. Tom Coburn’s threatened filibuster to bring the bill to the floor for limited debate and bringing it a step closer to passage.
This is one of the worst bills of the session. If you haven’t checked it out, here’s a piece about it I wrote for NewsWithViews. S. 510 is designed to expand the regulatory and law enforcement powers of the Food and Drug Administration, basically putting the agency in charge of the production and distribution of America’s food supply.
Its passage will spell the eventual phasing out of family farms, and the intervention of the federal government in all aspects of food production.
A companion bill, to H.R. 2749: the “Food Safety Enhancement Act,” was passed by the House in July 2009.
But where are the tea partiers that proclaimed loudly to the world last summer and the summer before that they’re going to “take our country back”?