I have a bit of bad news/good news in regard to the Food Uniformity Act that passed the House of Representatives back in March. Even though it passed the house, I had stated that it was unlikely to become law, as the act was no where to be found on the Senate’s docket.
The bad news is that three U.S. senators – Richard Burr, R-N.C., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb. – introduced the National Uniformity for Food Act on May 25 into the Senate. In short, they are moving to place it on the Senate docket.
The good news is that 21 senators are opposing the bill. This is even before the bill has gone into committee. The senators, listed below, have acted swiftly.
That’s not to say that the battle is done. In fact it has only started. Remembering my civics class, what happens next is that the bill is to be discussed and voted on in committee. If it passes there, it goes to the floor of the Senate to be debated. This gives two moments in time to call your Senator and voice your concern in regard to this piece of legislation.
The Senators who are on the side of good are: Diane Feinstein of California, Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Barbara Boxer of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Barack Obama of Illinois, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Charles Schumer of New York, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Bill Nelson of Florida, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Ron Wyden of Oregon.