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Senate Proceeding on Nov 29th, 2010 :: 3:10:30 to 3:13:39
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Saxby Chambliss

3:10:10 to 3:10:31( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. a senator: mr. president, i'd ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. and i be allowed to speak as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. chambliss: mr. president, as an original sponsor of s. 510, i'm disappointed i

Saxby Chambliss

3:10:30 to 3:13:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

3:10:32 to 3:10:52( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: cannot support final passage of this bill. since the bill's introduction and markup process, there's been a strong bipartisan cooperation to craft legislation that strikes the right balance between industry practices and f.d.a. oversight to ensure the safest food supply possible in our great country. unfortunately, the senate will

Saxby Chambliss

3:10:53 to 3:11:14( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: not have the opportunity to vote for s. 510 as it passed the "help" committee, nor will senators have the opportunity to offer amendments to improve the bill. compounding my concerns is the uncertainty about the opportunity to have an open, transparent conference with our colleagues in the house of representatives at this late

Saxby Chambliss

3:11:15 to 3:11:36( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: hour of the legislative session. instead we are faced with voting for s. 510 with new language that was added at the 11th hour which creates a loophole in the federal food safety system. the new language referred to as the tester amendment creates an exemption for small farms and

Saxby Chambliss

3:11:37 to 3:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: business operations through an arbitrary size and distance threshold, neither of which has any basis in science or risk. for example, this new language would exempt a food facility or a farm if it has sales of $500,000 or less or sells half

Saxby Chambliss

3:11:58 to 3:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of its food to retailers or consumers in the same state or within 275 miles of its origin. it's extremely important to note that s. 510 as originally introduced and passed by the "help" committee includes many provisions to protect the rights of farmers, and in particular the needs of small farmers.

Saxby Chambliss

3:12:19 to 3:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: these small farm protections were essential in my decision to be an original cosponsor of the bill, and i fully support those provisions. specifically, the original s. 510 does not subject small entities that produce food for their own consumption or market the majority of their food

Saxby Chambliss

3:12:40 to 3:13:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: directly to consumers to new record keeping requirements. also, the original bill makes no change in the definition of "facility" under the bioterrorism act of 2002 which requires certain facilities to register with f.d.a. thus, farms and restaurants

Saxby Chambliss

3:13:01 to 3:13:22( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: remain exempted in s. 510. additionally, small businesses are given regulatory flexibility throughout the original version of s. 510. for example, small processors are given additional time to comply with new food safety practices and guidelines created by the bill, and the f.d.a. may modify or exempt small

Saxby Chambliss

3:13:23 to 3:13:39( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: processors based on risk. finally, regarding risk-based traceability, farms and small businesses that are not food facilities are not expected to create new records in the original version of s. 510. only during an active

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