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Action Request-Final Vote on Food Safety Bill Imminent

November 21, 2010
Via email …..
11/20/2010

Please contact your various groups, Tea Party, leaders and activists and organize a quick call/email blitz campaign, plus personally call Senators who voted FOR this dangerous legislation

Tell them to vote NO on S.510.

Obviously many Republicans did not get the message of the last election.

The only way we will defeat this now is to turn up the heat. Call, call, call and email. 

Contact info:

Easy formatted email to use or model. Just insert your personal info, make any changes if you wish:

http://www.votervoice.net/core.aspx?APP=GAC&AID=972&IssueID=22734&SiteID=-1

 Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121. OR if that’s busy and difficult to get through like it usually is go to www.congress.org enter your zip code for your state’s senators local phone numbers.

Info on S.510:

Senate Bill 510: Creating a Nation of Dependence

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6029056/senate_bill_510_creating_a_nation_of.html?cat=5 (source and see related links)

The Senate recently passed Bill S 510, also known as the Food Safety Modernization Act. The bill, from the nickname, seems harmless enough, but this bill means more than its name implies. This bill will give the government jurisdiction over the growth, sale, trade and transport of foods in a way unlike any before. The passing of this bill would place full and total control over food into the hands of the federal government, and many people, farmers especially, are not happy about it.

This new bill will place a great deal of authority over farmers, and even freelance gardeners simply growing fruits and vegetables in their own backyards. Practices such as saving seeds for use the next year would be prohibited and doing so could result in a federal offense, punishable by fines and prison time. Some speculate that the practice of saving seeds is being banned in order to give seed companies, such as Monsanto, a monopoly over the seed industry.

One of the biggest groups of people to suffer are farmers. Farmers who provide food for their own families, as well as sell their crops at farmer’s markets, will now be subjected to the authority of the federal government in regards to their crops, and the sale, and even personal consumption, of said crops. You heard right; it would be against the law to consume food grown in your own garden without the federal government’s approval.

This bill affects not only the farmers, but gardening hobbyists, or those hoping to stretch their dollar and make ends meet with a summer garden. You could be committing a federal offense by enjoying some home-grown cucumbers, tomatoes or sweet peas. That apple tree that’s been in your backyard for the last decade? You better chop it down, because if you’re caught eating from it, you could face criminal charges.

This bill also turns food production into an unnecessary paperwork burden, which could quite possibly be full of fees. This paperwork burden, along with any fees incurred for the paperwork, could be enough to put small-time farmers completely out of business, and might even be too much for a family producing a garden for their own private use to afford.

Final Vote on Food Safety Bill Imminent

http://www.jbs.org/component/content/article/1009-commentary/6548-final-vote-on-food-safety-bill-imminent

(Source and senate contact links)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 14:54
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Oct_10/foodsafetytruckr.001.jpg The Senate voted to approve a cloture motion today, November 17, with a 74-25 vote, well above the 60 votes required to limit debate on S. 510. This sets a dangerous precedent and is a momentum builder for passing even more controversial legislation as the lame duck session continues. Clearly, many Republicans crossed the aisle for this very unconstitutional bill.  The Food Safety Act can now be brought to the floor any day now for a final vote by the Senate. Only a simple majority will be required for passage.

S. 510 calls for enhanced expansion of FDA authority over small farms, ranches, and other food producers; establishes burdensome administrative requirements for large and small operations, and an arbitrary legal authority to recall “unsafe medications,” (this loose description leaves room for any interpretation–vitamins?) the definition of which is not clearly established. Under S. 510 more power would be granted to an unaccountable agency, hyper-regulating small producers out of business, leaving the industrial food system that currently has the highest number of food safety problems, to commandeer the marketplace.

This massive expansion of government regulation of the food industry, completely unauthorized by the Constitution, would limit the right to produce, distribute, and consume the foods of one’s labors and choice. The constant refrain of “safety” is no excuse for granting practically unlimited authority to an unaccountable bureaucracy.

For more details on the specifics of the bill see our legislative alert. Click here to see how your senators voted on the cloture motion on November 17.

If you believe food safety is best achieved at the local level, contact your senators immediately to express your opposition to such plans. Have them do everything in their power to defeat S. 510. (emphasis mine) 

On the right hand upper top there is a session schedule, session hearing. active legislation and floor agenda posted; http://www.senate.gov/

One can watch live action from your pc at www.cspan.org. or their tv channels.

Actual text of the bill
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s510/show

Local farms could be illegal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEr9EeXe4I0

Gov Track Analysis

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510
Gov Track analysis
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510

Citizens For Health
http://www.citizens.org/?page_id=2312

S-510 PASSED – Cloture

Who voted in FAVOR of moving S.510 forward:

Akaka (D-HI)Alexander (R-TN)Barrasso (R-WY)……Baucus (D-MT)Bayh (D-IN)Begich (D-AK)Bennet (D-CO)Bingaman (D-NM)Boxer (D-CA)Brown (D-OH)Brown (R-MA)Burr (R-NC)Burris (D-IL)Cantwell (D-WA)Cardin (D-MD)Carper (D-DE)Casey (D-PA)Collins (R-ME)Conrad (D-ND)Coons (D-DE)Corker (R-TN)Dodd (D-CT)Dorgan (D-ND)Durbin (D-IL)Enzi (R-WY)Feingold (D-WI)Feinstein (D-CA)Franken (D-MN)Gillibrand (D-NY)Grassley (R-IA)Gregg (R-NH)Hagan (D-NC)Harkin (D-IA)Inouye (D-HI)Johanns (R-NE)Johnson (D-SD)Kerry (D-MA)Klobuchar (D-MN)Kohl (D-WI)Landrieu (D-LA)Lautenberg (D-NJ)LeMieux (R-FL)Leahy (D-VT)Levin (D-MI)Lieberman (ID-CT)Lincoln (D-AR)Lugar (R-IN)Manchin (D-WV)McCaskill (D-MO)Menendez (D-NJ)Merkley (D-OR)Mikulski (D-MD)Murray (D-WA)Nelson (D-FL)Pryor (D-AR)Reed (D-RI)Reid (D-NV)Rockefeller (D-WV)Sanders (I-VT)Schumer (D-NY)Shaheen (D-NH)Snowe (R-ME)Specter (D-PA)Stabenow (D-MI)Tester (D-MT)Thune (R-SD)Udall (D-CO)Udall (D-NM)Vitter (R-LA)Voinovich (R-OH)Warner (D-VA)Webb (D-VA)Whitehouse (D-RI)Wyden (D-OR)

Who OPPOSED S.510

Bennett (R-UT)Bond (R-MO)Brownback (R-KS)Bunning (R-KY)Chambliss (R-GA)Coburn (R-OK)Cochran (R-MS)Cornyn (R-TX)Crapo (R-ID)DeMint (R-SC)Ensign (R-NV)Graham (R-SC)Hatch (R-UT)Hutchison (R-TX)Inhofe (R-OK)Isakson (R-GA)Kyl (R-AZ)McCain (R-AZ)McConnell (R-KY)Nelson (D-NE)Risch (R-ID)Roberts (R-KS)Sessions (R-AL)Shelby (R-AL)Wicker (R-MS)

All of you who live in states where senators voted in favor of this need to call your U.S. Senate offices today — right now — and urge them to oppose this nefarious bill.

Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121.

We are about to lose our food freedoms because unless more pressure is brought to bear, it looks like this bill will soon pass — and we will be thrust into a new era of FDA tyranny over the food supply. Do not allow this to happen. Call and email your senators. Tell them you expect only a NO vote on S.510.

Contact info:

Easy formatted email to use or model. Just insert your personal info, make any changes if you wish:

http://www.votervoice.net/core.aspx?APP=GAC&AID=972&IssueID=22734&SiteID=-1

Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121.

OR if that’s busy and difficult to get through like it usually is go to www.congress.org enter your zip code for your state’s senators local phone numbers.

Thanks for all you do For Liberty, Patriots. Please get on the phones and oppose this dangerous legislation.

God Bless you and God Bless America.

~Ciel


“On the alter of God, I pledge, undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people…[and] eternal resistance to every form of tyranny over the minds of men.” Thomas Jefferson

Stand Up, Stand Strong, and Refuse to allow America to falter to anything less than the Founders fought and died to bequeath us!

God Bless you,

~Ciel

God Bless America!

I am a proud American, We ARE the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE!

“No country and no people can be free and ignorant at the same time” –Thomas Jefferson

To take action with your representatives, just enter your 5 digit zip code to contact the President, Congress and Senate: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

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“We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects.” Congressman Ron Paul March 7, 2008 Baltimore City Republican Club

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