Food Safety Enhancement Act Shy 7 Votes In House

Law360, New York (July 29, 2009, 10:14 PM EDT) -- A much-touted bill to improve food safety failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, with bill supporters coming up seven votes short but gearing up for another vote expected Thursday.

The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, also known as H.R. 2749, failed to pass "on suspension" — a House procedure that requires a two-thirds majority to suspend normal rules and quickly pass a bill.

The early thumbs-down does not necessarily spell doom for the bill. It will go up for a "rule vote"...
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