Senate Passes Food Safety Bill; Attempt to Ban Earmarks Fails

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

The lame duck congress may not be able to agree about gays in the military, an arms treaty or most of the spending bills, but this morning the Senate passed the House’s food safety bill, with Senator Lisa Murkowski and 14 other Republicans joining with Democrats to make the biggest change in the laws governing food in 70 years.

Locovores will want to know that farms making less than half a million dollars are exempted from the new inspection rules.

Attached to the Food Safety bill was an attempt by Senator Tom Coburn to ban earmarks. It failed.  Seven Democrats voted for it.  Both Alaska Senators opposed it.

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