"WASHINGTON -- Food safety legislation stalled by a constitutional snag could be revived as part of a giant year-end budget bill.
The bill to increase the Food and Drug Administration's powers to keep food safe stalled after overwhelmingly passing the Senate last week. House Democrats said after it passed that the bill contains fees that are considered tax provisions, which under the Constitution must originate in the House.
House Democrats are attempting to fix the problem by adding the legislation to a catchall spending bill unveiled early Wednesday..."
TAKE ACTION NOW
Call the U.S. House of Representatives switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you NOW. A vote to keep landmark food safety legislation alive will occur this afternoon!
To find your representative's phone numbers, use the searchable online congressional directory or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative's office.
Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles food safety. After identifying yourself, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message:
• "Hello my name is *** and I live in [the district/NAME OF THE STATE].
• Please support food safety legislation that has been included in the continuing resolution."