Make Our Food Safe
09/23/2010

"Senator Tom Coburn defends blocking action on food safety bill"

News OK | Chris Casteel

 Sen. Tom Coburn, who has been blocking fast-track passage of a food safety bill, said Wednesday that Senate Democrats could bring up the legislation if they weren't busy pushing proposals on immigration, gays in the military and campaign finance reform.

Coburn's comments came after the head of a House committee investigating a salmonella outbreak traced to eggs pleaded with Coburn to release his hold on the bill.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said at a hearing on the outbreak that Coburn's actions were preventing the Food and Drug Administration from strengthening oversight and enforcement programs ... "

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