House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Leader Reid are trying to ram as much of their far-left agenda through the Congress as possible during the remaining weeks of the lame duck session. They thought they’d achieved a victory yesterday with a food safety bill (the “FDA Food Safety Management Act”). As The Heritage Foundation noted, this was a $1.4 billion boondoggle of over-regulation aimed at a problem the market is already correcting. The food safety bill passed the Senate yesterday, over the objections of the Senate’s conservatives.
Not so fast, says the Constitution. The Senate version of the food safety bill included new fees that raise revenue.
More: analysis of the Constitutional and political implications of the rushed bill.