Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stop S.510 -part 2

Additional information from Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund regarding Stop S.510.
See previous post for more info on this bill if this is the first time you've seen this.

When someone is trying to stop debate on a bill in Congress, that usually means there is something to hide and/or they want to push it through before the American people find out about it and have a chance to oppose/stop it.

I encourage
you to watch the video (highlighted orange) of Sen. Tom Coburn that is linked below. He says that this current congress has used cloture more than any other congress. He is a practicing physician that uses the recent egg and tomato recalls (and his practice) as examples and is stopping the bill because it doesn't address the underlining problems with food safety but adds more regulation and costs to our government.



An action alert earlier requested that readers call their Senators to ask them to OPPOSE S.510--the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

It is also imperative to ask your Senators to VOTE "NO" on CLOTURE.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is trying to stop debate on S.510 by invoking cloture. The best chance to defeat S.510 is to defeat the cloture motion which requires a three-fifths majority of the full Senate [60 votes] to pass.

S.510 is a major threat to the local food movement. It greatly expands FDA's jurisdiction over intrastate commerce and imposes one-size-fits-all regulations that will make it more difficult for small farms and food processors to remain in business. See Talking Points below.


1. Call or Fax your Senators and ask them to VOTE "NO" on CLOTURE and OPPOSE S.510--see contact details below.

2. Call or Fax Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY, Senate Minority Leader) whose support is crucial if cloture is to be stopped. Tell him you want the Republicans to stop S.510 by voting "NO" on cloture.

McConnell's Washington Office

Phone: (202)224-2541

Fax: (202)224-2499

3. Call or Fax Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). Thank him for his opposition to S. 510 [watch the video ]. Ask him to rally his fellow Republicans to vote "NO" on cloture.

Coburn's Washington Office

Phone: (202)224-5754

Fax: (202)224-6008

4. Send a live email message to your Senators through the online petition to Reject S.510 at


Be sure to follow up with phone calls--see contact details below.

S.510 will significantly increase the power of FDA, an agency which has stated on public record that the American people have no ''fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health" and "do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish". S.510 needs to be stopped.

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