(From our sister blog, Red Green & Blue)
Industry must really want the Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510). It was dead, dead, dead – the clock had run out, and considering the gridlock in Washington, the fact that Jim DeMint (R-SC) had promised he would block most everything the Democrats brought up, and Tom Colburn (R-OK) had promised he would personally fillibuster this bill, there was no way that was going to change.
And yet, it somehow snuck onto the Senate schedule late Sunday (something Harry Reid couldn’t even do for the Defense Appropriation Bill that funds our military), and was approved by unanimous consent.
Which leads us to wonder… who wanted this so badly that they were able to strong-arm the normally un-herdable Senate?
More Background on this issue:
- Food Safety Modernization Act, The Bill That Wouldn’t Die, Is Dead
- Is the Food Safety Act a Blessing or a Corporatist Curse?