FDA’s “CONTROLLING YOUR FOOD” BILL CAN BE STOPPED
By Sarah Foster
November 24, 2010
40 Votes Needed – “FDA Food-Control” Bill NOT a Done Deal. Melt those phone lines folks!
You’ve probably heard that a vote’s coming up Monday in the Senate on S. 510: the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and that the fix is in for passage.
As it turns out, it’s not quite a done deal. The National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association has sent an Action Alert announcing there will be another vote first — a vote for Cloture to MOVE the bill to a final vote.
For that next-to-last step supporters need sixty – that’s 60 — votes. If opponents can muster just 40 VOTES they can stop S. 510. The problem is that a high number of Republicans in both houses like this bill, presumably because it makes them feel like they’re doing something to promote food safety. There were 22 cosponsors, eight of whom were GOP.