FYI: for any pertinent information you have to use a browser to go and read the 'rider ammendment'. Short version; this bill falls under Homeland Security to supposedly monitor and maintain food, agriculture and veterinary medicine. Protecting these catagories from terroristic actions. The number on this is H.R.1238. It sucks when countable fails to post the rest of the information constituents deserve to have before we post opinions. Its too easy to cast a vote in a direction you might discover is not reflective to your thoughts/opinions. Just type in the bill number H.R. 1238 . The amendment piece starts with Bold Print.
Use the "Full Text of Bill" link to view the bill. It is short and simple. This allows the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with the Secretary of Agriculture. I'm not an alarmist regarding terror attacks, and even I think this is a good idea to allow. It also doesn't give the DHS undue authority, stating: "Nothing in this section may be construed as altering or superseding the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture relating to food and agriculture.”
This bill is relatively benign. It ensures that "nothing in this section may be construed as altering or superseding the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture relating to food and agriculture." The bill is aimed at protecting our food, agriculture, and veterinary systems from terrorism and other high consequence events that pose a risk to national security. I believe this is arguably unnecessary, but I don't see any harm in it.
Provides detail that the department of homeland security's assistant secretary for health affairs is responsible for coordinating efforts related to food, ag, and vet defense. Seems like a reasonable role expansion. It is also bi-partisan cosponsored.
Need more information. IMHO, we need to focus on stopping these perpetual wars we're creating - then we'd have fewer people pissed off at us. As far as I know, domestic terrorism is more of a threat on our soil. Focus on the alt-Reich groups.
They need to protect animals from being killed and eaten, not just foreign terrorists. They could cut way down on healthcare if they only cover those who don't murder or eat murdered animals. Only cover compassionate eating people for cancer, heart disease and the things you don't usually get if you don't smoke or eat animals as vegan and dairy free vegetarians (including unnecessary to eat fish and seafood because ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil has the same omega 3's as fish and tastes really good. Look to Gardein Fishless Filets and Crabless Cakes with Veganaise and pickle relish as dairy-egg free tartar sauce)
This seems duplicative of responsibilities already given through other agencies. The results of more oversight will be an increasing burden on food supplies, such as only the very large producers can handle. The biggest security risk to our food system is have too few producers in too few location. We need MORE and SMALLER farms, spread over the whole country, not giant mega-producers that become vulnerable to an attack and leave us devastated.
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism, and for other purposes." That last part "...and for other purposes." Needs to be clarified, it seems that there's a broad power being granted without specifying what is under the assistant secretary's authority. All in all, this seems like fear mongering and a power grab.
Can you secure our food from pesticides and over processing that increases shelf life and increase corporate profits? Because if you cannot improve the quality of the food then there is really no point. No one wants our crappy food anyway.