A procedural problem is threatening to derail a landmark food safety measure passed by the Senate on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. The issue has congressional leaders scrambling to figure out a way to get the bill enacted into law by the end of the lame-duck session this month.
The legislation, which would give vast new authority to the Food and Drug Administration and is designed to reduce nationwide outbreaks of food-borne illness, has wide public support. The House passed a more stringent version more than a year ago, and before House leaders knew about the procedural problem, they indicated the House would accept the Senate version. President Obama has said he would sign the bill into law.
But after the Senate approved the measure, 73 to 25, staffers learned one section could violate a constitutional provision that calls for any new taxes to originate in the House rather than the Senate.
Source: The Washington Post