November 30th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Senate approves long-delayed food safety bill

The Senate passed a food safety bill Tuesday to give more power to the Food and Drug Administration, more than a year after the House of Representatives passed a similar measure.

The bill, designed to bolster the safety of the nation's food supply, passed 73 to 25.

A version of the bill was passed by the House of Representatives in July of 2009 but had languished in the Senate, a fact that has angered some food safety advocates.

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  1. Richard in Texas

    Wow where to start. First way to go Senate republicans for voting yes to something instead of just a blanket "Hell no" as Boehner says. I know that was in relation to another bill. But it was sop before the elections. Also I though republicans veted on their principles and core beliefs? Have they changed or are they just playing politics with the vote? Does this now mean that the republicans now think they know what's best for yew say Rush would say. I guess Americans are to dumb to know better and need big brother. This veto is now going to hurt businesses by putting more regulations on them which in turn will cause them to lay off jobs and not pump money into the economy by expanding. Right?

    November 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. davec.0121

    At last, something good coming out of the Senate. I want to be sure that when I buy something to eat, that it's fit to eat and not going to make me sick or kill me, and if it takes more government regulation, then go for it. Whilst not a big supporter of a lot of government regulations, the food business, like the financial industry, has shown that it cannot be trusted to police itself. That's why the comments about government intrusion and power-grabbing in relation to this bill are so ludicrously idealogical as to be deranged - they are essentially advocating that it's their 'right' to be poisoned.

    November 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Revrant

    Wow, they didn't kowtow to their Corporate masters this time, good going Republicans that voted this in.

    Now if you'll just do the same for net neutrality!

    November 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Richard in Texas

    This also sounds like a government takeover of the farmers and food industry. The government can't do anything right so I am told by the people who were against the bailouts and healthcare bill.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. iola ballard

    why dont the government worry about where food is coming from and all the chemicals they are feeding us and how we are even going to buy it if we dont have jobs .it will hit them when we are all not working and they wont get their big pay checks than maybe they will see how they are hurting this country thenselves

    December 1, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply

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