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Senate Proceeding on Sep 23rd, 2010 :: 7:21:30 to 7:30:30
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Amy Klobuchar

7:21:12 to 7:21:33( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: american people expect. so articles about things falling apart aren't nearly as useful as keeping people i yield the floor. a senator: madam presi the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: i ask unanimous consent to speak as if in morning business for up to 10 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. klobuchar: thank you.

Amy Klobuchar

7:21:30 to 7:30:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

7:21:34 to 7:21:54( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: madam president, as i listen to my friend and colleague from wyoming, i was thinking ditto for the food safety bill. this is a bill for which there is vast bipartisan support. there always has been since the moment it was introduced with four democratic senators, including myself, and four republican senators. and, of course, the bill's been

Amy Klobuchar

7:21:55 to 7:22:15( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: led by senator durbin from the very beginning and senator harkin has played a key role. this has been a bipartisan bill. and there is absolutely no reason, given that we've only seen more food borne illness outbreaks over the last few months, there's no reason that we should not pass this bill. rise today to urge my colleagues to support this bill.

Amy Klobuchar

7:22:16 to 7:22:36( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i have stood here many times in support of the food safety bill and part of this is because we had a very tragic thing happen in our state. we had three people die after the peanut butter that came out of georgia, that peanut plant in georgia. three of the people that died were in minnesota.

Amy Klobuchar

7:22:37 to 7:22:57( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: one of them was shirley. her family expected her home for christmas in 2008. she was a strong-spirited 72-year-old grandmother from pearl, minnesota. she survived two bouts of cancer, but was actually recovering and doing quite well in recovering with a brief stay in a nursing home. but she didn't make it home for

Amy Klobuchar

7:22:58 to 7:23:18( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: christmas that year, madam president. she died on december 21, 2008. it wasn't the cancer that killed her. she had battled that cancer. instead it was a little piece of peanut butter toast that that 72-year-old grandmother ate. she didn't know it but the

Amy Klobuchar

7:23:19 to 7:23:39( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: peanut butter was contaminated with deadly demon bacteria -- sal mow fella. the products also sickened 700 people nationwide, many of them children. shirley's son, jeff, has stepped forward as a strong voice calling for reform of our food

Amy Klobuchar

7:23:40 to 7:24:00( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: safety system, whether it is hal eggs, these nationwide recall highlight the need to better protect our nation's food supply. now, the good news is we know how to protect our nation's food supply and we have legislation sitting on the table, literally sitting on the table, that could

Amy Klobuchar

7:24:01 to 7:24:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: go a long way toward doing that. sadly, that legislation has been stalled in the senate since last november and now, as far as i understand, our colleague from oklahoma, has some concerns, and at this late hour it is still stalled. we know we can't afford anymore delays. as one of the lead sponsors of the f.d.a. food safety

Amy Klobuchar

7:24:23 to 7:24:44( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: modernization act, i believe the senate has every reason to want to pass this legislation. it's comprehensive. it covers everything from ensuring safe food supply at one end. as i mentioned, it is bipartisan. and you know what else about this legislation which doesn't always happen with safety consumer protection legislation,

Amy Klobuchar

7:24:45 to 7:25:06( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this legislation has the support not only of consumer groups, not only of health groups. it has the support of many in the food industry including supervalue, a very large food change including cub foods located in minnesota. i did an event in minnesota with the c.e.o. of supervalue just a few weeks ago on this issue.

Amy Klobuchar

7:25:07 to 7:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: now why do our businesses care? of course they care because they want to have safe food for the consumers. they also care because this is hurting their bo line. when there are -- bottom line. when there are scrace, people are scared and a woman said, i don't know if i want to buy eggs.

Amy Klobuchar

7:25:28 to 7:25:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and the c.e.o. said not one egg was recalled. not one egg. consumers don't always know that. when you have a bad actor, when you have one company, one factory like you had in georgia, it can ruin it for everyone. it ruins it for consumers, tragic deaths, tragic injuries, but it also hurts the bottom line for these business that's really haven't done anything

Amy Klobuchar

7:25:49 to 7:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: wrong. hormel was standing with us at supervalue that day talking about how important it was to have this bill. general mills of minnesota supports this bill, schwans supports this bill. they don't want to see another person get sick from tainted food. finally, as we all know, this legislation addresses a very serious issue. according to the centers for

Amy Klobuchar

7:26:13 to 7:26:33( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: disease control, food borne disease causes 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the united states each year. and, yet, for every food borne illness case that's reported it's estimated as many as 40 more illnesses are not reported or confirmed by a lab because people simply don't know why

Amy Klobuchar

7:26:34 to 7:26:55( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: they got sick. the annual cost of medical care, lost productivity and premature death due to food born illnesses is $44 million. there's a lot at stake here. hundreds of people across the

Amy Klobuchar

7:26:56 to 7:27:16( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: country got sick with samonella. once it hit minnesota and people died in minnesota, it took a few days before the university of minnesota and the minnesota health department, our food detectives as they're called or team diarrhea, which my staff didn't want me to say on the senate floor, they worked together and were able to solve it.

Amy Klobuchar

7:27:17 to 7:27:38( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: how did they do it? they called the families and homes of people that had gotten sick, people who had gotten very sick. they talked to their loved ones when did they eat, what did they eat? they solved it in a matter of days. one state saw the jalapeno pepper outbreak, it was -- that was minnesota.

Amy Klobuchar

7:27:39 to 7:28:00( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that is why there is something to be learned from the model we use in our state. that's why i included in the food safety modernization act and supported by so many people and so many stores an grocery stores across the country is the bill i introduced with senator chambliss of goirnl, the food safety -- georgia, the food

Amy Klobuchar

7:28:01 to 7:28:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: safety response act. to detect and investigate food borne illnesses this will strengthen the ability of federal, state, and local officials to investigate an respond to food borne outbreaks. i'm proud to have senator chambliss, who is from the state of georgia, that had to have this experience of when it was finally discovered where this came from, it was from one company, one bad actor in their

Amy Klobuchar

7:28:23 to 7:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: state and he was willing to come with me on this bill because we said enough is enough. we've got to put prevention in there which is in this bill to stop these things from ever happening, but if it does happen, you want to solve them as quickly as possible so you don't have more people getting sick, more people dying. what this bill does, that was a part that senator chambliss and

Amy Klobuchar

7:28:46 to 7:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i introduced, it directs the center for disease control to improve the collection, analysis, reporting and usefulness of data on food borne illness. this includes better sharing of nervous among federal, state, and local agencies as well as with the food industry and the public. it directs the centers for disease control to work with

Amy Klobuchar

7:29:08 to 7:29:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: state level agencies to improve food borne illness surveillance. finally the legislation establishes food safety centers of excellence. the goal is to setup these food safety centers at select public health departments an higher education institutions around the country. it takes the minnesota example and takes it across the country first with five centers.

Amy Klobuchar

7:29:29 to 7:29:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: not to directly tell each state what to do, but to be an example of best practices for a region of the country. not many bills that come before congress enjoy such a wide range of support from so many important stakeholders. not only do consumers recognize a critical need for this major bill, but the legislation has received support from major

Amy Klobuchar

7:29:51 to 7:30:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: brand name food companies. they know what's at stake. their reputation and their bottom line depends on the trust of their customers. the trust that everything possible is being done to make sure that their food is safe. as a former prosecutor, like yourself, mr. president, i have always believed that the first responsibility of government is

Amy Klobuchar

7:30:12 to 7:30:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: to protect our citizens. in this most basic duty, our government failed shrly almer and many others who have been harmed by recent recalls. we owe it to them and all americans to fix what's broken in our food safety system. we can do a lot better with our food safety system, and that is

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