Archive for November, 2010
Thanks for ALL of your support on the push back and throughout the year – our community is what we are about.
The Food Safety Bill has passed in Senate 73-25 and now goes to House for reconciliation which we’ve been told will be quick with no changes. Our engagement in this process with all of you has made this bill much less onerous than what we started with.
What did we achieved as the POP Campaign? Last December we got Senators Harken and Hatch going on the record that the FDA could not harmonize Codex regs for dietary supplements without Congress. Over the year, we got small business exemption language in the bill, furthered by the Tester Amendment, we got clarification that farmers markets and road side stands are not adversely affected, we got an arms length protection over our personal gardens through many discussions (only in an emergency), and a significant report-back of the FDA to Congress on its implementation of Codex. There has been much traction and credible visibility all along the way with our presence in DC with Beth Clay and participation in discussions at so many levels.
This is just the beginning of our work to engage with the FDA in its regulatory process and hearings. We will as a community need to watch-dog and educate the decision makers who will write the new regulations to protect our organic community and choices. We promise you, if the FDA goes too far, the POP Campaign will reengage in the 112th congress to take appropriate action.
Thanks for all of your support – keep it coming and we will keep your voice alive.
In the January Hippocrates magazine – Healing Our World, there will be a new article presenting future POP Campaign strategies – we hope to work with you towards healthy food freedom and choices.
Senator Party Telephone Fax How Voted Ag State
Mark Begich D 202-224-3004 (f) 202-224-2354 Yes
Lisa Murkowski R 202-224-6665 (f) 202-224-5301 Did Not Vote
Jeff Sessions R 202-224-4124 (f) 202-224-3149 No Yes
Richard Shelby R 202-224-5744 (f) 202-224-2316 No Yes
Blanche Lincoln D 202-224-4843 (f) 202-228-1371 No Yes
Mark Pryor D 202-224-2353 (f) 202-228-0908 Yes Yes
Jon Kyl R 202-224-4521 (f) 202-224-2207 No Yes
John McCain R 202-224-2235 (f) 202-228-2862 No Yes
Barbara Boxer D 202-224-3553 (f) 202-224-0454 Yes Yes
Dianne Feinstein D 202-224-3841 (f) 202-228-3954 Yes Yes
Michael Bennett D 202-224-5852 (f) 202-224-6471 Yes Yes
Mark Udall D 202-224-5941 (f) 202-224-6471 Yes Yes
Christopher Dodd D 202-224-2823 (f) 202-224-1083 Yes
Joseph Lieberman I 202-224-4041 (f) 202-224-9750 Yes
Thomas Carper D 202-224-2441 (f) 202-228-2190 Yes
Chris Coons D 202-224-5042 (f) 202-228-3075 Yes
George LeMieux R 202-224-3041 (f) 202-228-5171 Yes*
Bill Nelson D 202-224-5274 (f) 202-228-2183 Yes
Saxby Chambliss R 202-224-3521 (f) 202-224-0103 No Yes
Johnny Isakson R 202-224-3643 (f) 202-228-0724 No Yes
Daniel Akaka D 202-224-6361 (f) 202-224-2126 Yes
Daniel Inouye D 202-224-3934 (f) 202-224-6747 Yes
Charles Grassley R 202-224-3744 (f) 202-224-6020 Yes*
Tom Harkin D 202-224-3254 (f) 202-224-6020 Yes
Michael Crapo R 202-224-6142 (f) 202-228-1375 No Yes
Jim Risch R 202-224-2752 (f) 202-224-2573 No Yes
Roland Burris D 202-224-2854 (f) 202-228-3333 Yes
Richard Durbin D 202-224-2152 (f) 202-228-0400 Yes
Evan Bayh D 202-224-5623 (f) 202-228-1377 Yes Yes
Richard Lugar R 202-224-4814 (f) 202-228-0360 Yes* Yes
Sam Brownback R 202-224-6521 (f) 202-228-1373 No
Pat Roberts R 202-224-4774 (f) 202-224-3514 No
Jim Bunning R 202-224-4343 (f) 202-228-1373 No
Mitch McConnell R 202-224-2541 (f) 202-224-2499 No
Vitter David R 202-224-4623 (f) 202-228-5061 Yes* Yes
Mary Landrieu D 202-224-5824 (f) 202-224-9735 Yes Yes
Scott Brown R 202-224-4543 (f) 202-228-2646 Yes *
John Kerry D 202-224-2742 (f) 202-224-8525 Yes
Benjamin Cardin D 202-224-4524 (f) 202-224-1651 Yes
Barbara Mikulski D 202-224-4654 (f) 202-224-8858 Yes
Susan Collins R 202-224-2523 (f) 202-224-2693 Yes*
Olympia Snowe R 202-224-5344 (f) 202-224-1946 Yes*
Carl Levin D 202-224-6221 (f) 202-224-1388 Yes
Debbie Stabenow D 202-224-4822 (f) 202-228-0325 Yes
Al Franken D 202-224-5641 (f) 202-224-0044 Yes Yes
Amy Klobuchar D 202-224-3244 (f) 202-228-2186 Yes Yes
Christopher Bond R 202-224-5721 (f) 202-224-8149 No
Claire McCaskill D 202-224-6154 (f) 202-228-6326 Yes
Thad Cochran R 202-224-5054 (f) 202-224-9450 No
Roger Wicker R 202-224-6253 (f) 202-228-0378 No
Max Baucus D 202-224-2651 (f) 202-224-9412 Yes Yes
Jon Tester D 202-224-2644 (f) 202-224-8594 Yes Yes
Richard Burr R 202-224-3154 (f) 202-228-2981 Yes*
Kay Hagan D 202-224-6342 (f) 202-228-2563 Yes
Kent Conrad D 202-224-2043 (f) 202-224-7776 Yes Yes
Byron Dorgan D 202-224-2551 (f) 202-224-1193 Yes
Mike Johanns R 202-224-4224 (f) 202-228-0436 Yes* Yes
Ben Nelson D 202-224-6551 (f) 202-228-0012 No Yes
Judd Gregg R 202-224-3324 (f) 202-224-4952 Yes*
Jeanne Shaheen D 202-224-2841 (f) 202-228-3194 Yes
Frank Lautenberg D 202-224-3224 (f) 202-228-4054 Yes
Robert Menendez D 202-224-4744 (f) 202-228-2197 Yes
Jeff Bingaman D 202-224-5521 (f) 202-224-2852 Yes Yes
Tom Udall D 202-224-6621 (f) 202-228-3261 Yes Yes
John Ensign R 202-224-6244 (f) 202-228-2193 Yes* Yes
Harry Reid D 202-224-3542 (f) 202-224-7327 Yes Yes
Kirsten Gillibrand D 202-224-4451 (f) 202-228-0282 Yes Yes
Charles Schumer D 202-224-6542 (f) 202-228-3027 Yes Yes
Sherrod Brown D 202-224-2315 (f) 202-228-6321 Yes
George Voinovich R 202-224-3353 (f) 202-228-1382 Yes*
Thomas Coburn R 202-224-5754 (f) 202-224-6008 No Yes
James Inhofe R 202-224-4721 (f) 202-228-0380 No Yes
Jeff Merkley D 202-224-3753 (f) 202-228-3997 Yes
Ron Wyden D 202-224-5244 (f) 202-228-2717 Yes
Robert Casey D 202-224-6324 (f) 202-228-2717 Yes Yes
Arlen Specter D 202-224-4254 (f) 202-2281229 Yes Yes
Jack Reed D 202-224-4642 (f) 202-24-4680 Yes
Sheldon Whitehouse D 202-224-2921 (f) 202-228-6362 Yes
Jim DeMint R 202-224-6121 (f) 202-228-5143 No Yes
Lindsey Graham R 202-224-5972 (f) 202-224-3808 No Yes
Thune John R 202-224-2321 (f) 202-228-5429 Yes* Yes
Tim Johnson D 202-224-5842 (f) 202-228-5765 Yes Yes
Lamar Alexander R 202-224-4944 (f) 202-228-3398 Yes*
Bob Corker R 202-224-3344 (f) 202-228-0566 Yes*
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
Robert Bennett R 202-224-5444 (f) 202-228-1168 No Yes
Orrin Hatch R 202-224-5251 (f) 202-224-6331 No Yes
Mark Warner D 202-224-2023 (f) 202-224-6295 Yes
Jim Webb D 202-224-4024 (f) 202-228-6363 Yes
Patrick Leahy D 202-224-4242 (f) 202-224-3479 Yes Yes
Bernard Sanders I 202-224-5141 (f) 202-228-0776 Yes
Maria Cantwell D 202-224-3441 (f) 202-228-0514 Yes
Patty Murray D 202-224-2621 (f) 202-224-0238 Yes
Russ Feingold D 202-224-5323 (f) 202-224-2725 Yes Yes
Herbert Kohl D 202-224-5653 (f) 202-224-9787 Yes Yes
Joe Manchin D 202-224-3954 (f) 202-228-0002 Yes Yes
John Rockefeller D 202-224-6472 (f) 202-224-7665 Yes Yes
John Barrasso R 202-224-6441 (f) 202-221724 Yes* Yes
Michael Enzi R 202-224-3424 (f) 202-228-0359 Yes Yes
- Support the healthiest choices and whole food products. One that supports the campaign is Mila, a proprietary blend of the most nutrient dense chia seeds available in the world – packed with Omega 3’s, fiber, protein, phytonutrients and antioxidants! Mila is a “word of mouth marketing” business opportunity… when you (mom) purchase and make money, Pop makes money too! It’s a win/win! Mila is brain food and highly nutritious for babies, children, adults, pets and also good for pregnant and nursing woman.
- Engage in “Shop Talk” –Mom’s share what they know with at least one other cart-pusher in the market by pointing out “bad” food and sharing other options to elevate awareness.
- Support each other economically and the POP Campaign educational and research efforts through her efforts and networks, becoming a driving, self-sufficient economic force
- Call on MOMS to take a stand against toxic food and make pro organic, healthy food choices.
On Wednesday 11/18, the Senate passed a cloture vote on the Food Safety Bill S-510 – a vote for heading off a filibuster by setting a time limit to debate, to allow discussion, and to move the bill towards eventual passage. There is a 30 hour time limit triggered which is running even when the Senate is not in session. This means that there will be another procedural vote, on 11/19 at the latest, to move the Bill forward to set up a vote.
It is expected that the vote will be held after Thanksgiving – primary reason is that Chairman Harkin will be issuing a new version of his package which may include additional language and amendments below. Last time the bill grew by nearly 40 pages. There is a rule to post this bill for 3 DAYS before the vote – so everyone can read it and figure out what it says. (Scary how little time is spent understanding ramifications of what passes.)
CHRISTMAS TREE? YES – because so many Senators want to hang on to the Bill their presents and legacies to their Consumers – e.g. Senator Spector (his last Hurrah) with his Steroids Bill, Criminalization Bill – even though the issues of penalties have not been discussed, the BPA amendment, Tester Amendment exempting small growers and personal garden, Senator Coburn’s fiscal control, and 10 or so more. There are many problems and issues with these – it is still not clear how many will be allowed.
HUGE concern, especially for Republicans is the $ 1.6 Billion price tag for the bill over the next 5 years -a conservative figure – phew.
The Democrats have the majority – this is all that is needed – OUR FOCUS will be to educate those on the fence – VERY HEAVY negotiations are going on at this time – parliamentary proceeders gone wild. Stay tuned.
CALLS YOUR SENATORS: There will be a huge information blasts to everyone we know to CALL YOUR SENATORS : YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS TODAY – This bill is NOT good for consumers – it is bigger and expensive government, will drive small businesses out of business, cost of food WILL increase fro ALL OF US, encroachment of regulations will reach our personal gardens (right now, no kidding). This bill does not solve the Food Safety issues or make food safer – the FDA has the power to do this now and does not – there is a need to rethink this entire food strategy next Congress. VOTE NO, Senator
See the numbers on our site: Only change is West Virginia where Senator Mansion has replaced Senator Byrd – 202-224-3954.
On Wednesday, 11/17, the Senate moved a cloture vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act – 74-25, with all Democrats and more than a dozen Republicans in support. This is NOT a vote on the bill and, there still should be another procedural vote tomorrow. A final vote is expected in the coming days ( we are expecting this after Thanksgiving). We will get a complete handle on the landscape and let you know – STAND BY.
There is an agenda to move S-510 to the floor for a vote this week. If it goes, there will be many attempts to attach spending projects to the bill, which is a huge problem for Republicans. MAJOR player is Senator Tom Coburn who blocked the bill from coming to the floor before the election – he is KEY AGAIN. If he does not budge, the bill will not be able to be heard.
Please call his office and give him support and tell him to stand firm. Otherwise -stand by as we get live feed from our person on the ground – Beth Clay. Senator Tom Coburn (R) – 202-224-5754