Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by nanonug, May 23, 2012.
Watching online! Thanks! Just google c span 2 streaming live if you want to watch
In one hour, you can see how they voted on Senate.org. Right side of site.
I hope Rand Paul's ammend. goes through!!!!!!
Make note of those who have voted for this!!!!!!!!!!!
Are they voting for Rand Paul's Amend. right now? I think so.
I can't tell!
I couldn't tell either. I think so????!! Confused..
Now talking about voting for letting Americans buyer cheaper drugs from Canada....Sen. McCain just spoke....which has been voted down time and time again I believe.
Yes, I saw that.
Not sure about the table part of the Rand Amendment. I have read what it means, still not sure.
Rand Paul failed, this is horrible.
So what happened? I am watching online, can't see any votes. I think the final vote on the Durbin bill is yet to come?
I think that is yet to come. You can go to the Alliance for Health site and they keep us informed also.
They are on Facebook too.
I thought Durbin passed but I was thinking the opposite from the votes. Alliance for Natural Health on Facebook said he was defeated AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks, Sally, for explaining. It's been a long time since I listened to a Congressional or Senatorial meeting!!!!
I have no idea, I am just watching what the Alliance says!
The yay and no votes were confusing me too. I think I had it backwards. So looks like it did not pass.
What a relief!!
Health Freedom Update: Today on the Senate FloorBy: Beth ClayMay 24th, 2012
A new strategy has presented itself by Senator Harkin on how to reject both the Paul Amendment (and the Durbin Amendment). He moved to table the amendment(s) (stating on the record that the bill is focused on drugs and devices not supplements).
He did say that the following organizations oppose the Paul Amendment:
Natural Products Association
United Natural Products Association
Council for Responsible Nutrition
Senator Paul countered with comments and an urge for support.
A vote was called to ‘table the Paul Amendment’ at 1:57pm. 78 to 15 the motion to table was victorious. 15 senators voted against tabling. Senator Hatch actually switched his vote from no to yes on tabling. Senator Lee of Utah voted with Senators Paul, DeMint of South Carolina and Coburn of Oklahoma did as well.
One could say a vote to table the Paul Amendment is a protective measure in order to vote to table the Durbin amendment. However, Senator Harkin repeated his adamant opposition to Senator Paul’s suggestions and now has three major trade associations opposing them.
At 2:53pm a short debate on Senator Durbin’s amendment and Senator Harkin stood in opposition stating that ‘we addressed these issues in the food safety bill 2 years ago.' Senator Hatch stood and strongly opposed this amendment and asked his colleagues vote with him to table amendment. At 2:57pm a vote to table the Durbin Amendment was called. The vote to table was 77 voting yes and 20 voting no. The amendment was tabled. Senators Boxer, Reid, Cardin, and Franken were among those that voted with Sen. Durbin.
What does this all mean for the health freedom community and the dietary supplement industry? It means that we didn’t win and we didn’t lose. One thing is clear, there are different goals and priorities within the community. The NPA, UNPA and CRN have now gone so mainstream and given the appearance in this issue of only wanting to protect DSHEA. While that is some cases is laudable, what Senator Paul is seeking to do is takes us past DSHEA and the compromises made in 1994 and back towards liberty. For a long time that constitutional guarantees have been compromised in the food/supplement industry in ways that are more restrictive than other industries. Senator Paul has laid an interesting framework for future legislation and Senator Durbin has shown that he truly wants pre-market approval required for supplements.
What is next? Once the final FDA bill is passed in the Senate, there will be a conference with the House on their Bill where they merge their bills. We will have to watch closely to make sure nothing gets slipped in from Durbin or others.
The telephone calls generated made a huge differencing in getting folks to look for a solution. The only solution appeared to be to block both Senators Paul and Durbin.
It was very sad watching Senator Rand Paul make a wonderful speech and then get tabled. But having Durbin get blocked AGAIN was wonderful.
Yes, 90,000 calls to Senators and petitions etc... in 24 hours. Before that, we have all been working for six months....
Thanks Rand Paul for standing up against the establishment government thugs (short sighted idiots) once again. I hope you get another chance and that liberty and freedom to access what we need with out the government telling us what we need (like they have a record of having insight and good judgement on what is good 'for the people' in the last 60 yrs). I can't say what I want to say about my onerous Senator Durbin, cant wait til he is gone but IL will just send another politica hack in his place. Sorry, not in a good mood today and most of what Congress does makes me furious.
Yes, Senator Paul had a wonderful speech about keeping free speech for the supplements and food.
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