URGENT CALL TO ACTION – NOW – see ACT NOW tab for examples of letters

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 09:12 AM
posted by Rudi
ASK YOUR SENATORS TO KEEP THE S-510 FOOD SAFETY BILL LANGUAGE OUT OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION – ASK YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE “NO” ON PASSAGE!!!

As many of you know, S-510, the Food Safety Bill passed by the Senate in November has taken on an unusual independent life of its own. Because Section 107 contained revenue-raising language, the neutral Parliamentarian determined that S-510 violated the Constitution (only the House can originate revenue raising bills).  The “quick fix” attempt resulted in the House voting on December 8th at 212 to 205 to amend HR 3082, the Continuing Resolution to keep the government going through September 2011, to include the S-510 language.

NOW, the Senate is poised to take a cloture vote this week and proceed to a YES or No vote on the Food Safety Bill.

Much is at stake on all sides!  We have a “graced” last opportunity and want everyone to contact their Senators to vote NO on any vote pertaining to the Food Safety Bill – “NO” on cloture, “NO” to keep the S-510 language in the Continuing Resolution, and “NO” to pass the Bill in any state or form.  There is a list of senators who are considered swing votes and from farming states.* See Below  Call your own Senators and as many others as possible -contact friends and famiiy to do the same. Go to www.popcampaign.org for more information and Senate numbers.

This Bill is a better bill than when it started because the POP Campaign – You, Our Allies, Beth Clay, Clinton Miller, the Health Community – all having hands-on input and policy education on the food and supplement issues. Expanding the FDA’s core authority is problematic at the foundation of this bill, allowing expanded regulatory authority into our domestic food production at any level including any that impact our gardens and small farms for ANY reason, in ANY way, including Codex compliance bleed through risks, and increasing consumer costs for food because of increased  business fees and requirements, compliance, paperwork, etc – is all going too far.  Voting “No” makes sense; and, reconsidering a more favorable national food policy over the next year is the most sound action to take.

No matter the outcome – the POP Campaign will be there to propose educational options and “organic” score cards for Congress, especially new members, to address regulatory concerns at hearings, to help frame dialogues, surface issues and toserve as a “watch-dog” over the FDA promising to bring them back to Congress if new regulations go too far – all to continue protecting our organic purity, choices and rights.

CONTACT EVERY CONSCIOUS PERSON YOU KNOW – SEND THIS OUT TO THEM NOW

* Swing Senators: REPUBLICANS: Florida:  George LeMieux / Iowa: Charles Grassley   (farming state)/ Indiana: Richard Lugar   (farming state)/ Louisiana: David Vitter  (Farming State) /  Massachusetts: Scott Brown / Maine: Susan Collins /  Maine: Olympia Snowe / North Carolina: Richard Burr / Nebraska: Mike Johanns   (Farming State) / New Hampshire: Judd Gregg / Nevada: John Ensign   (Farming State) / Ohio: George Voinovich / South Dakota: John Thune   (Farming State) / Tennessee: Lamar Alexander /  Tennessee: Bob Corker / Wyoming: John Barasso   (Farming State) / Wyoming: Michael Enzi  (Farming State)

DEMOCRATS FROM FARMING STATES: See the last column below Ag State with yes.

Senator            Party      Telephone             Fax          How Voted     Ag State

Alaska

Mark Begich          D      202-224-3004  (f) 202-224-2354      Yes
Lisa Murkowski    R      202-224-6665  (f) 202-224-5301    Did Not Vote

Alabama

Jeff Sessions         R     202-224-4124  (f) 202-224-3149        No               Yes
Richard Shelby     R     202-224-5744  (f) 202-224-2316        No               Yes

Arkansas

Blanche Lincoln  D    202-224-4843  (f) 202-228-1371        No               Yes
Mark Pryor            D    202-224-2353   (f) 202-228-0908      Yes              Yes

Arizona

Jon Kyl                    R    202-224-4521    (f) 202-224-2207       No              Yes
John McCain         R    202-224-2235     (f) 202-228-2862     No              Yes

California

Barbara Boxer        D   202-224-3553   (f) 202-224-0454        Yes             Yes
Dianne Feinstein  D   202-224-3841   (f) 202-228-3954        Yes             Yes

Colorado

Michael  Bennett  D  202-224-5852   (f)  202-224-6471        Yes             Yes
Mark Udall            D  202-224-5941    (f)  202-224-6471        Yes             Yes

Connecticut

Christopher Dodd D 202-224-2823 (f) 202-224-1083           Yes
Joseph Lieberman  I  202-224-4041 (f)  202-224-9750         Yes

Delaware

Thomas Carper     D  202-224-2441    (f) 202-228-2190         Yes
Chris Coons           D  202-224-5042   (f) 202-228-3075         Yes

Florida

George LeMieux    R  202-224-3041    (f) 202-228-5171          Yes*
Bill Nelson              D 202-224-5274     (f) 202-228-2183         Yes

Georgia

Saxby Chambliss    R 202-224-3521      (f) 202-224-0103        No        Yes
Johnny Isakson      R 202-224-3643      (f) 202-228-0724       No        Yes

Hawaii

Daniel Akaka          D 202-224-6361      (f) 202-224-2126        Yes
Daniel Inouye          D 202-224-3934     (f) 202-224-6747        Yes

Iowa

Charles Grassley      R 202-224-3744     (f) 202-224-6020       Yes*
Tom Harkin              D 202-224-3254     (f) 202-224-6020       Yes

Idaho

Michael Crapo          R 202-224-6142      (f) 202-228-1375       No       Yes
Jim Risch                   R 202-224-2752      (f) 202-224-2573       No       Yes

Illinois

Roland Burris           D 202-224-2854      (f) 202-228-3333      Yes
Richard Durbin        D 202-224-2152      (f) 202-228-0400      Yes

Indiana

Evan Bayh                 D 202-224-5623      (f) 202-228-1377       Yes      Yes
Richard Lugar          R 202-224-4814      (f) 202-228-0360       Yes*    Yes

Kansas

Sam Brownback      R 202-224-6521      (f) 202-228-1373        No
Pat Roberts               R 202-224-4774      (f) 202-224-3514         No

Kentucky

Jim Bunning            R 202-224-4343     (f) 202-228-1373         No
Mitch McConnell    R 202-224-2541     (f) 202-224-2499          No

Louisiana

Vitter David             R 202-224-4623      (f) 202-228-5061        Yes*     Yes
Mary Landrieu        D 202-224-5824     (f) 202-224-9735         Yes      Yes

Massachusetts

Scott Brown            R 202-224-4543       (f) 202-228-2646       Yes *
John Kerry              D  202-224-2742      (f) 202-224-8525       Yes

Maryland

Benjamin Cardin   D 202-224-4524       (f) 202-224-1651       Yes
Barbara Mikulski   D 202-224-4654      (f) 202-224-8858      Yes

Maine

Susan Collins          R 202-224-2523       (f) 202-224-2693      Yes*
Olympia Snowe      R 202-224-5344       (f) 202-224-1946       Yes*

Michigan

Carl Levin                 D 202-224-6221     (f) 202-224-1388       Yes
Debbie Stabenow    D 202-224-4822    (f) 202-228-0325       Yes

Minnesota

Al Franken               D 202-224-5641    (f) 202-224-0044        Yes      Yes
Amy Klobuchar       D 202-224-3244    (f) 202-228-2186        Yes      Yes

Missouri

Christopher Bond    R 202-224-5721    (f) 202-224-8149         No
Claire McCaskill      D 202-224-6154   (f) 202-228-6326          Yes

Mississippi

Thad Cochran          R 202-224-5054  (f) 202-224-9450          No
Roger Wicker           R 202-224-6253   (f) 202-228-0378         No

Montana

Max Baucus             D 202-224-2651   (f) 202-224-9412           Yes      Yes
Jon Tester                D 202-224-2644   (f) 202-224-8594           Yes      Yes

North Carolina

Richard Burr             R 202-224-3154      (f) 202-228-2981       Yes*
Kay Hagan                D 202-224-6342      (f) 202-228-2563        Yes

North Dakota

Kent Conrad              D 202-224-2043       (f) 202-224-7776     Yes       Yes
Byron Dorgan           D 202-224-2551        (f) 202-224-1193      Yes

Nebraska

Mike Johanns          R 202-224-4224       (f) 202-228-0436     Yes*   Yes
Ben Nelson                D 202-224-6551       (f) 202-228-0012      No      Yes

New Hampshire

Judd Gregg                R 202-224-3324     (f) 202-224-4952       Yes*
Jeanne Shaheen      D 202-224-2841     (f) 202-228-3194       Yes

New Jersey

Frank Lautenberg    D 202-224-3224 (f) 202-228-4054           Yes
Robert Menendez     D 202-224-4744  (f) 202-228-2197           Yes

New Mexico

Jeff Bingaman          D 202-224-5521    (f) 202-224-2852        Yes      Yes
Tom Udall                  D 202-224-6621    (f)  202-228-3261       Yes      Yes

Nevada

John Ensign              R 202-224-6244    (f) 202-228-2193       Yes*    Yes
Harry Reid                 D 202-224-3542     (f) 202-224-7327       Yes      Yes

New York

Kirsten Gillibrand    D 202-224-4451    (f) 202-228-0282       Yes      Yes
Charles Schumer      D 202-224-6542    (f) 202-228-3027        Yes      Yes

Ohio

Sherrod Brown          D 202-224-2315      (f) 202-228-6321      Yes
George Voinovich     R 202-224-3353      (f) 202-228-1382      Yes*

Oklahoma

Thomas Coburn         R 202-224-5754       (f) 202-224-6008    No     Yes
James Inhofe              R 202-224-4721       (f) 202-228-0380    No     Yes

Oregon

Jeff Merkley                 D 202-224-3753      (f) 202-228-3997    Yes
Ron Wyden                  D 202-224-5244      (f) 202-228-2717     Yes

Pennsylvania

Robert Casey               D 202-224-6324     (f) 202-228-2717       Yes      Yes
Arlen Specter              D 202-224-4254     (f) 202-2281229         Yes      Yes

Rhode Island

Jack Reed                     D 202-224-4642     (f) 202-24-4680      Yes
Sheldon Whitehouse  D 202-224-2921     (f) 202-228-6362    Yes

South Carolina

Jim DeMint                 R 202-224-6121       (f) 202-228-5143    No       Yes
Lindsey Graham           R 202-224-5972    (f) 202-224-3808   No       Yes

South Dakota

Thune John                  R 202-224-2321     (f) 202-228-5429    Yes*   Yes
Tim Johnson               D  202-224-5842    (f) 202-228-5765    Yes     Yes

Tennessee

Lamar Alexander        R 202-224-4944     (f) 202-228-3398   Yes*
Bob Corker                    R   202-224-3344   (f) 202-228-0566    Yes*

Texas

John Cornyn                 R  202-224-2934    (f) 202-228-2856   No    Yes
Kay Bailey Hutchison R 202-224-5922     (f) 202-224-0776   No    Yes

Utah

Robert Bennett              R 202-224-5444      (f) 202-228-1168   No     Yes
Orrin Hatch                   R 202-224-5251      (f) 202-224-6331    No      Yes

Virginia

Mark Warner                D 202-224-2023      (f) 202-224-6295    Yes
Jim Webb                       D 202-224-4024      (f) 202-228-6363    Yes

Vermont

Patrick Leahy                D 202-224-4242         (f) 202-224-3479    Yes      Yes
Bernard Sanders          I  202-224-5141          (f) 202-228-0776      Yes

Washington

Maria Cantwell             D 202-224-3441        (f) 202-228-0514   Yes
Patty  Murray                 D  202-224-2621       (f) 202-224-0238   Yes

Wisconsin

Russ Feingold                D 202-224-5323         (f) 202-224-2725     Yes     Yes
Herbert Kohl                  D 202-224-5653          (f) 202-224-9787    Yes     Yes

West Virginia

Joe Manchin                  D 202-224-3954          (f) 202-228-0002     Yes     Yes
John Rockefeller           D 202-224-6472          (f) 202-224-7665       Yes     Yes

Wyoming

John Barrasso               R 202-224-6441              (f) 202-221724       Yes*   Yes
Michael Enzi                  R 202-224-3424             (f)  202-228-0359  Yes     Yes

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