With the US Congress and the Senate out for the August recess, the National Uniformity for Food Act will most likely have to go back to step one.
For those of you not up on their political wonkery, some explaining is in order.
Ya’ see, this is an election year in the United States. Once Congress comes back from their August recess, they will go into what is best termed as “playing out the clock” until the elections are past. Some bills will be introduced (and maybe passed) that show their party in the best light. It is very unlikely that they would put forth any debate that would show party member disagreeing with another party member.
The National Uniformity for Food Act is an act from which there is much disagreement, and not just along Democratic/Republican lines. This means that it’s very unlikely that the Act would be brought to the Senate before the election recess in October. And after the Election? While bills are often debated and signed during a Lame Duck Session, there’s little time to hammer out the nuances of the bill, what with the Thanksgiving and Christmas recesses. And when the new Congress comes into office in mid-late January, everything has to start back at square one.
So while it’s possible that the Act can be voted and acted upon, I don’t believe it to be likely. I’ll keep you updated if I hear anything different.
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