Constitution Halts Government Food Grab
December 8, 2010 by Bob Livingston
It appears a Senate screw-up has killed the food control bill, also known as S510: the Food Safety Modernization Act, for now.
It seems a “sticky” provision in the United States Constitution — Article 1, Section 7 — got in the way. That little Constitutional provision that says, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives…”
Section 107 of the bill includes a set of fees that are classified as revenue raisers, which are technically taxes under the Constitution, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports.
So House Democrats had their feathers ruffled and are expected to use the blue slip process to block the bill’s completion. This process would force Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to drop the bill or try and force it through after the House passes a new version. To pass in the Senate, a new bill would have to receive unanimous consent to limit debate, and Senator Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) has said that won’t happen.
This bill did nothing to improve food safety, as its supporters claimed. It gave more power to large food producers at the expense of the small farmer. It raised taxes on small farmers and increased the bureaucracy on all producers of food — something the Monsantos and ADMs of the world can absorb, but small food producers cannot. It also opened the door for Government to dictate whether you could grow and can your own food or buy organic, locally produced produce at your nearby Farmer’s Market.
It passed with support from Democrats and Republicans, and its passage was trumpeted as a good thing by those who seek to control what you consume.
Watch closely. The bill will be back. The government power mongers can’t be satiated.