Senate Passes Food Safety Bill in Surprise Vote

Revised measure passes by unanimous consent
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2010 2:00 AM CST
Senate Passes Food Safety Bill in Surprise Vote
A photo taken on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at the Bruce Randolph School In Denver, shows fresh fruits and vegetables.   (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

The Senate surprised the political world by passing a revision to its food safety bill last night by unanimous consent. The Senate originally passed the bill 73-25, but it had been in limbo thanks to a technical snafu that stepped on the House’s constitutional tax-writing powers. Democrats scrambled to revise the bill, originally attaching it to an omnibus spending bill. Republicans shot that down to keep the spending bill clean, the Hill reports, but they agreed to pass it by unanimous consent instead. (Read more food safety stories.)

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