As many of you mentioned in the comments when we asked for your thoughts about the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Tester-Hagan Amendment is critical to protect family farmers in this broadly-worded bill.
Food Democracy Now just sent this urgent alert:
The Senate just voted 74 Yes to 25 No in favor of the cloture vote. This means that S.510, aka The Food Modernization Act, will move forward in the Senate for a vote by the end of the week, possibly as soon as tomorrow. Even as the debate continues on the Senate floor, the forces of Big Ag are working behind the scenes to kill the Tester-Hagan Amendment and all provisions meant to protect small farmers.
They’re making it easy to call your Senators and ask them to support the amendment, providing the phone numbers and a script that you can use to give them your thoughts. There’s even a field to share how the call went and how your Senators plan to vote.
The final vote on this bill is expected to happen this week, so it’s urgent that we act now to support family farms!
My senators are Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. When I spoke to their offices, they said that both Senators oppose S.510, and that Senator Isakson hasn’t commented on the amendments, but he voted no on cloture yesterday. What did your Senators’ offices say?
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