Food Safety Bill Defeated In House

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

A far-reaching food safety bill is expected to come up for another vote in the House, a day after it went down to defeat.

The legislation would require more government inspections and oversight of food manufacturers in the wake of a massive salmonella outbreak in peanuts. It was considered under a suspension of House rules and needed a two-thirds vote for passage. The 280-150 vote was just a few shy of that threshold.

Suspending the rules allows limited debate and no amendments, and is usually reserved for non-controversial bills. But opponents of the legislation said the process was too rushed as most members had not been able to see the bill until early Wednesday.

At the same time, farm-state Republicans said the bill could threaten farm operations with too much government intervention.

Democrats quickly scheduled another vote under normal House rules, in which only a simple majority is needed for passage.

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