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FOOD BILL PASSED BY SENATE SPOILED BY BLUE-SLIP GARNISH

Harry, you over-whipped cup of cake batter, you didn’t read the instruction manual!

The “Food Safety Bill” that consumed over a week of the Senate’s time recently — and passed by the Senate despite a great deal of disagreement from the American public (which Harry Reid ignored as did the handful of Republican Senators who voted for the Bill along with the Democrats [see list below]) — violates Congressional procedure:

House May Block Food Safety Bill Over Senate Error
– By John Stanton – Roll Call Staff
November 30, 2010

A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.

By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides…

Section 107 of the bill includes a set of fees that are classified as revenue raisers, which are technically taxes under the Constitution. According to a House GOP leadership aide, that section has ruffled the feathers of Ways and Means Committee Democrats, who are expected to use the blue slip process to block completion of the bill.

“We understand there is a blue slip problem, and we expect the House to assert its rights under the Constitution to be the place where revenue bills begin,” the GOP aide said.

The blue slip could lead to one of two likely outcomes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could simply drop the issue and let the next session of Congress start from scratch, a strategy that would allow him time in the lame-duck session to tackle other last-minute priorities, such as the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, a long-term continuing resolution, an immigration bill and a repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members.

Or he could try to force the issue in the Senate after the House passes a new version of the bill. But in order to do that and still tackle the other issues, he would need a unanimous consent agreement to limit debate.

According to Senate GOP aides, a unanimous consent agreement is all but certain to be a nonstarter because the bill’s chief opponent, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), will not agree to such a deal.

Coburn “will object and demand changes as [he has] from the get-go,” a GOP aide familiar with the situation said.

This is not the first time that Reid has run afoul of the Constitution’s tax origination provisions. (— Continued).

More:
Food safety bill passes Senate, but dead in the water because …
Hot Air, December 01, 2010

The ugly facts about the “Food Safety Bill”:

15 GOP senators help Democrats kill Constitution
– by Anthony G. Martin, Conservative Examiner
November 30th, 2010

In a stunning expansion of the power of unelected bureaucrats to control the population, the U.S. Senate voted today to approve S.510–the so-called ‘Food Safety Act.’ 15 GOP Senators helped Democrats pass the bill, which gives the FDA and the Agricultural Secretary powers the Constitution does not allow.

Not a single Democrat voted against the ominous measure, which was first submitted by ‘Little Dick’ Durbin, D-Illinois.

While the vast majority of Republicans voted against this assault on the Constitution, 15 broke ranks and helped Obama and the Leftwing Democrats that presently run Congress seize control over the food supply.

The GOP Senators who voted in favor of S.510 are: Alexander (R-TN), Brown (R-MA), Burr (R-NC), Collins (R-ME), Enzi (R-WI), Grassley (R-IA), Gregg (R-NH), Johanns (R-NE), Kirk (R-IL), LeMieau (R-FL), Lugar (R-IN), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), Vitter (R-LA), and Voinovich (R-OH).

Among the Republican defectors the most surprising is normally staunch conservative David Vitter…

The bill gives sweeping powers to the FDA and the Secretary of Agriculture to make unilateral decisions, with no input from Congress, that can potentially shut down small family farms, particularly organic farmers. (— Continued).

I whole-heartedly welcome the new House Majority Leader, John Boehner, as also the new Republican House majority in Congress. The Republicans’ plans to hold all other issues at bay until and unless the tax-cut issue is realized will put a stop to these Harry Reid-Nancy Pelosi over-baked bad recipes, including the spoiled Food Safety Bill.

GOP Will Filibuster All Bills if Taxes, Budget Not Addressed
“We will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item,” their letter to Reid says.
– by Dan Friedman
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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