Ethan E. Huff – NaturalNews – Congress Votes Down Senator Durbin’s Anti-Supplement Amendment, As Well As Senator Paul’s Freedom Of Health Speech Amendment – 26 May 2012

As regular readers of this blog know, I am a huge advocate for freedom in general, and especially for health freedom. This article from Natural News shows clearly why the solution to the problem needs to transcend the level of the problem, as you’ll notice that many of the champions for freedom from tyranny in other areas are the very people supporting destruction of all access to supplements, as well as the insane FDA armed raids on peaceful Amish farmers selling … ooooo, dangerous contraband … raw milk. However you feel about dairy vs. non-dairy for ethical reasons, the methods and bizarre claims of the FDA fly in the face of both freedom and science.

(I just made a Freudian typo there … calling the FDA’s tactics “greedom.” Um, yeah. Bribed much?)

Nonetheless, as long as we have some semblance of a system in which “elected” officials occasionally listen to their constituents, here’s how your Senators stood up for or cast aside your health rights. Some of them likely remain terribly misinformed by lobbyists, as I found when I spoke to my own state representatives regarding the illegality of raw milk in Wisconsin. Most of the officials against raw milk truly believed BigAg lobbyist claims of raw milk being dangerous, when, in fact, the factory farmed, antibiotic-laden, over-milked, over-crowded, rBGH filled cows are the ones whose milk needs pasteurization in order to avoid toxic bacteria. Our entire food system needs an overhaul in this country, going more local, more organic, more vegetarian and vegan, higher raw foods, etc. Unfortunately, those people voting against health freedom at best know less than informed consumers know, or at worst, have strong Codex Alimentarius and Agenda 21 leanings aimed to support BigPharma by destroying health and family farms.

Learning how your Senators vote and then taking some time to educate them may have some effect. I’m encouraged that at least some of the people I’ve met in government do seem to care about citizens, so I feel a multi-tiered approach of visualization, reclaiming control over my own food, and educating elected officials is worth a little of my time and attention. I’m posting the article below for those who would also like to support multi-tiered efforts towards freedom of all types, including health:

(NaturalNews via Lucas)

A sneaky, eleventh-hour attempt by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to essentially shut down the supplement industry alongside an amendment pertaining to prescription drug user fees has failed. In a vote of 77-20, the U.S. Senate voted to table Amendment No. 2127, which would have created “duplicative, unnecessary, and unexpected new regulations” for the supplement industry that could have resulted in many common supplements being pulled from store shelves.

To the surprise of the entire natural health community, the unveiling of Amdt. No 2127 came late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Natural Products Insider (NPI), just one day before the bill to which it was attached, S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, was set for a vote. But because the natural health community immediately sprung into action to oppose Amdt. No 2127, it was successfully defeated.

“(Amdt. No 2127 is) based on the misguided presumption that the current regulatory framework for dietary supplements is flawed and that the FDA lacks authority to regulate these products,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.) on the Senate Floor, in opposition to the amendment. He added that the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) already provisions the FDA with the tools it needs to properly regulate supplements, and that Amdt. No 2127 only “serves to punish all responsible companies with its overreaching mandates.”

Amdt. No 2127 would have unnecessarily required all manufacturers of dietary supplements to register them with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within 30 days, even though Title II of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 already requires registration. This 30-day requirement, in other words, was designed to be impossible for supplement companies to comply with, which would have resulted in many of them simply being pulled from the market.

According to the U.S. Senate’s Legislation & Records voting page (http://www.senate.gov), the 20 U.S. Senators that voted against tabling this heinous attack on the supplement industry were:

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Sen. Claire McCaskil (D-Mo.)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mt.)
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nv.)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Sen. John “Jack” Reed (D-R.I.)
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller (D-W.V.)

Senate also votes down Sen. Rand’s amendment to reign in FDA, restore freedom of health speech

While it is great news that the Senate was smart enough to reject Sen. Durbin’s flagrant assault on the supplement industry, this same Senate voted to reject an amendment proposed by Sen. Rand Paul that would have stopped the FDA from bullying farmers and abusing its power. It also would have restored freedom of health speech by stopping the FDA from censoring the truthful health claims of dietary supplements.

You can read Sen. Paul’s press release announcement about his amendment here:
http://www.naturalnews.com/035966_Rand_Paul_FDA_censorship.html

According to the vote tally, the following 78 U.S. Senators voted against Sen. Paul’s amendment to stop FDA tyranny and restore freedom of health speech:

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Ak.)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.)
Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions (R-Al.)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Al.)
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ar.)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Az.)
Sen. John McCain (R-Az.)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Co.)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Co.)
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Ct.)
Sen. Thomas Carper (D-De.)
Sen. Chris Coons (D-De.)
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fl.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)
Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson (R-Ga.)
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hi.)
Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Ia.)
Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin (D-Ia.)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Il.)
Sen. Daniel Coats (R-In.)
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-In.)
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Ks.)
Sen. Pat Robers (R-Ks.)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Ma.)
Sen. John Kerry (D-Ma.)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Me.)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mi.)
Sen. Al Franken (D-Mn.)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn.)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Ms.)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mt.)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mt.)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Ne.)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez (D-N.J.)
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nv.)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.)
Sen. Robert “Bob” Portman (R-Oh.)
Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe (R-Ok.)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Or.)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or.)
Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.)
Sen. John “Jack” Reed (D-R.I.)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tn.)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.)
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wa.)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.)
Sen. Herbert “Herb” Kohl (D-Wi.)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.)
Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller (D-W.V.)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.)
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wy.)

Sources for this article include:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/112-2012/s110
http://www.citizens.org/?p=2990

http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com

http://www.anh-usa.org

http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/senate/2/111


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035976_Dick_Durbin_supplements_Senate.html#ixzz1vzmHITKC

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cheryl mealey on May 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I am soooo tired of Dick Durbin’s continual attempts to destroy the natural supplement industry. He must be getting massive amounts of money because he tries this it seems every few months.

    Disappointing to see so many vote down Rand Paul’s efforts.

    I always respond to the emergency alerts & contact our representatives, just wish they would wise up about the FDA & big Pharma once & for all!!

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  2. Posted by laurabruno on May 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I agree. Dick Durbin is my poster child for why I can’t vote along any particular party line, but rather, by issues. His hatred of supplements borders on insane, and yes, he does seem to try this every few months. Here’s an interesting article about how China executes corrupt FDA officials for accepting bribes, whereas the US promotes them: http://www.naturalnews.com/021931_the_FDA_corruption.html … Not that I approve of the death penalty, but it’s ironic that we think of China as having such lax food and drug standards, and they actually take public health more seriously than the Monsanto and BigPharma owned US does. Crazy times … I figured Rand Paul’s amendment would not pass, but I was disappointed to see just HOW many Senators voted against it: 78%. We need a serious upgrade of awareness and to start reclaiming our relationships with food and the planet. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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