Talk about bad timing. In last issue’s letter, which I wrote the day after the GOP spanked Democrats in the recent mid-term election, I pronounced food safety legislation, specifically the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), effectively dead.
I argued that with the GOP’s massive gains in the House, scuttling the Obama administration’s healthcare reform would be the first order of business, and S. 510 would wither on the vine.
Boy, was I wrong. A few weeks after I wrote that letter, on November 30, the Senate approved the biggest overhaul of our nation’s food safety laws in 70 years.
A House vote for final passage of the Senate’s version of the bill has not yet been scheduled, an aide to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), told CNN Online. House leaders have indicated they would accept the Senate version of the bill so that it can be sent to President Obama and signed into law by the end of the lame-duck session.| | | Next → | Single Page