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Reid Calls for Full FSMA Funding on Senate Floor

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged Congress to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in his remarks Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. “Unfortunately for many Americans, falling ill from contaminated food has become all too regular,” Reid said. He described the experiences of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush, both of whom became… Continue Reading

Senate Vote on Agriculture Funding Bill Delayed Twice by Partisan Wrangling

The $180-billion “minibus” package of appropriations bills to fund agriculture and other government programs for fiscal 2015 was pulled from the Senate floor Thursday afternoon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) after his attempt failed to require 60 votes to adopt any amendments. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to the so-called “supermajority” requirement… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Fiscal Cliff Diving

As a boy growing up in the Midwest with rivers and lakes and the occasional hill, I always thought I was in the best place. Then came the Elvis Presley movie, “Fun in Acapulco.” The main set piece for this musical comedy was something that brought me endless fascination – a 136 foot cliff used… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Nice List 2010

It’s Christmas and time for Food Safety News to present its second annual Nice List.   For the nice, being on our Nice List is as good as it gets, although those named should not expect anything more (from us) than this: Merry Christmas from all of us at Food Safety News! (If you missed… Continue Reading

Election Unlikely to Change S. 510 Fate in Senate

Though Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives, Democrats maintained narrow control of the Senate in Tuesday’s midterm election, a reality that will likely not impact the fate of the pending FDA Food Safety Modernization Act slated for a cloture vote during the lame duck session in November. At press time, Senate Democrats were… Continue Reading

It’s Alive! Reid Files Cloture on Food Safety Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the food safety bill late yesterday, a move that will ready the measure for a vote after the midterm election, an aide told Food Safety News. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act has stalled in recent weeks despite heightened concerns about food safety following a nationwide… Continue Reading

Senate Remains at Impasse Over Food Safety Bill

Despite a flurry of rumors to the contrary, the food safety bill pending in the Senate does not appear to moving anywhere fast. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “hotlined” the bipartisan bill yesterday, notifying senators that the legislation is ready to be considered under unanimous consent, a critical step forward, if no one objects to… Continue Reading