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House Proceeding 07-30-09 on Jul 30th, 2009 :: 0:36:25 to 0:40:55
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Bob Goodlatte

0:36:22 to 0:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: chairman and changes that were made to meet the concerns of producers, manufactures and growers. i urge support for the rule and the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: i yield three minutes

Bob Goodlatte

0:36:25 to 0:40:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Bob Goodlatte

0:36:43 to 0:37:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: to the former chairman of the ag committee, mr. goodlatte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. goodlatte gat i thank the gentlelady and the gentleman from oklahoma for their adership in attempting to address this issue, even though we bring a bill to the floor under a closed rule with no opportunity not only on the floor of the house, but also in

Bob Goodlatte

0:37:04 to 0:37:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: the house agriculture committee to make food safer. unfortunately this bill does little if anything to enhance food safety. the legislation does not require the u.s. food and drug administration to spend one additional penny on the inspection of food. yet the legislation ip poses significant regulatory burdens on small businesses without

Bob Goodlatte

0:37:26 to 0:37:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: holding the regulatory agency accountable. the bill contains an expanded restration requirement that creates a federal license to be in the food business. like the democrat stimulus bill, cap and trade and the proposed health care bill, this is another example of broadening the size and scope of government, raising new taxes on

Bob Goodlatte

0:37:48 to 0:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: small businesses and intruding on the lives, the private lives of americans. on performance standards, new language added to the bill would exclude crop producers from f.d.a. regulatory theory -- authority. there was language that would

Bob Goodlatte

0:38:09 to 0:38:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: relieve producers of some of the burdens of the law. although these are needed changes, they do not go far enough. this bill still leaves our fruit and vegetable producers subject to regulatory burdens. we can expect to have a federal agency telling farmers how to do their jobs. registration of food processing

Bob Goodlatte

0:38:30 to 0:38:50( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: facilities was envisioned as a commonsense way of helping identify facilities under the bioterrorism act of 2002. this provision turns registration into a federal license for any food business to operate by charging exorbitant fees making it unlawful to sell food without a registration

Bob Goodlatte

0:38:51 to 0:39:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: license and allowing the f.d.a. to suspend a company's registration. tracing simply adds regulatory burdens without knowing it can be done in the first place. there is no requirement that the system be feasible or affordable. recordkeeping, broad recordkeeping authorities will

Bob Goodlatte

0:39:13 to 0:39:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: impose significant regulatory burdens, minimal consideration is given to risks associated with a product produced at the regulated facility when developing the recordkeeping requirements. the language lacks discretion from pro prite tear information.

Bob Goodlatte

0:39:35 to 0:39:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: it allows the f.d.a. to quarantine an area if there is credible evidence that food poses a health risk. no consideration is given to economic losses suffered by food producers, processors or distributors in the quarantine area. the ranking member of the agriculture committee will offer something that will lp to correct that later on and i hope

Bob Goodlatte

0:39:56 to 0:40:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: everyone will support that measure. mr. speaker, i would ask if the gentlewoman would yield an additional minute. ms. foxx: i will. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognid for an additional minute. mr. goodlatte: the f.d.a. lifts the quarantine for lack of evidence. the agency has no obligation, authority or means to indem

Bob Goodlatte

0:40:19 to 0:40:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: anyfy producers for their losses under the animal health procks act, the f.d.a. has done an outstanding job and must pay back producers who suffered such losses. it allows them to act on suspicion to cease distribution of food.

Bob Goodlatte

0:40:41 to 0:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: no consideration is given in this legislation for indemnification for economic damages particularly if the f.d.a. was wrong. from a public health and safety point of view, it offers little protection or assurance. an act was introduced whereby

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