“Wait,” asks little Virginia, “There was no vote. How did it pass?”
Correct, Virginia, there was not a vote. It passed by what is called Unanimous Consent. Which is actually a misnomer because there was no unanimous consent. There was unanimous keeping their mouths shut and their hands in their laps. And, hopefully, their eyes glued to the floor in shame. (I am such a hopeless Pollyanna, I think there might be shame in a house of Congress.)
See, Unanimous Consent works like this: a bill is waved before the Senate and the clerk shouts out, “If no one objects, we will assume you vote yes.”
No one objected, so BANG goes the gavel, food freedom takes a hit and Monsanto sighs in relief. The really sad thing is that if just one Senator — just ONE — had objected, this bill would be dead. ONE objection is all it would have taken. ONE.
But no one objected. Not even one of the 25 Senators who promised their constituents they would vote no on S510 — even though they voted no in the actual vote a couple of weeks ago. Not even one of my two Senators — Jim Bunning, who is retiring which makes him incredibly dangerous, and Mitch McConnell, who is surprisingly powerful for a man who can’t keep a promise — after they both promised — PROMISED — they would vote no.
Not only that, Mitch actually orchestrated this travesty with Harry Reid. Which means that, not only did he not object, he made sure all the other Republicans didn’t object. Proving once and for all that, at the very least, the Republicans in the 110th Senate no tienen cojones.
Does it get any dirtier than this? I can’t imagine how. By the way, the FDA is hiring.
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