Victory Over Diarrhea Death

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of food. The bill is intended to keep unsafe foods from reaching markets and restaurants, where they can make people sick — a change from the current practice, which mainly involves cracking down after outbreaks occur.

The Senate bill will not become law until the House votes on the distinctions between the already-passed House bill.  However, the House may just approve the Senate bill in order to avoid a pocket veto, which occurs when the current congressional session ends.

Despite unusual bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and a strong push from the Obama administration, the bill could still die because there might not be enough time for the usual haggling between the Senate and the House, which passed its own version last year. Top House Democrats said Tuesday that they were considering simply passing the Senate version to speed approval but that no decision had been made.

Check out the Only Republicans on this interactive map who voted in favor of death by intestinal parasites from chicken shit on your spinach.

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