· Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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"The one thing we have never had to
face was a public hysteria attack caused by the media and agencies of the
On June 7, the Food and Drug
Administration alerted consumers that red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes
may have caused a salmonella Saintpaul strain
outbreak that sickened 1,300
The agency lifted its warning July 17, and investigators subsequently have traced the salmonella to jalapeno and serrano peppers grown on two Mexican ranches.
According to a study by the
Last week, Bishop asked House leadership
to consider providing $100 million to cover crop losses resulting from what
many believe was the FDA's mishandling of the salmonella outbreak. This summer,
"We cannot have another summer like the past one," Bishop said. "As long as this country produces a domestic supply of food and fiber, we will have incidences of contamination every now and then. But we cannot and must not allow those relatively rare situations to affect entire unrelated industries ever again."
A boost from the vets
Vets for Freedom, a veterans group that
"We are ... honored to stand with Rep. Jim Marshall, who has set an example for every veteran seeking higher office," Vets for Freedom chairman Pete Hegseth said Wednesday. "He has put victory before his party affiliation, demonstrating what true statesmanship looks like."
Gas gang or bust?
The English poet William Butler Yeats once wrote: "Things fall apart, the center cannot hold." The line aptly applies to the beleaguered congressional "Gas Gang's" bipartisan efforts to craft energy legislation.
Republican members of the group, which is headed, in part, by Sen. Saxby Chambliss and includes Sen. Johnny Isakson, has faced criticism from some fellow party members, conservative groups and talk show hosts for ceding a potential political sledgehammer to the Democrats. Within its ranks, the gang has hotly debated increasing drilling provisions and the proposal's cost --currently $84 billion, which is offset by doing away with tax breaks for the oil and gas industry.
The Oct. 1 expiration of a moratorium on new offshore drilling adds to the tension. Some in Congress want to let the ban lapse, others want it extended.
Debate on drilling and the myriad energy proposals floating around the Hill will likely dominate Congress' final week before adjourning for recess.
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