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Day November 16, 2010

Food Safety Statistics Index

The need to improve our nation’s food safety laws is being heightened by a series of high-profile food safety incidents.  The following index catalogues some of the most notable public health, economic, food import, and polling statistics that underscore the need for improvement in our food safety system. Top Ten Food Safety Statistics   1.     …


Food Safety and Agricultural Producers

NOTE The following section-by-section analysis of S.510 reflects the legislation, as reported to the Senate floor by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act would help to address serious deficiencies in our nation’s food safety system.  As the legislation was developed, questions were raised about the applicability of certain…


S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act

NOTE The following summary of S.510 reflects the manager’s amendment, as released by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on August 12, 2010. Summary and Background During the week of November 15th, the Senate may consider S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.  The Senate’s consideration of this legislation has been preceded by over…


S. 3772, the Paycheck Fairness Act

Summary and Background Today, women make up half of the workforce yet earn only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.  This wage disparity places all women at a significant economic disadvantage and harms American families.  The pay gap exists across all education levels and is exacerbated by race and ethnicity.  There is no…


Democratic Leadership for the 112th Congress

Today the Senate Democratic Caucus voted to determine who would lead their members for the next two years. Both the Democratic and Republican leadership will remain the same for the incoming 112th Congress. The caucus chose Nevada Senator Harry Reid to remain as Majority Leader, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois to continue as Whip and…


Reid Announces Senate Democratic Leadership For The 112th Congress

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today announced the Senate Democratic Leadership for the 112th Congress following Senate Democratic Leadership elections.   “It has been my great honor to lead this caucus for the past six years.  I am grateful and humbled that my colleagues have asked me to continue to serve in that role,”…