Thursday, July 31, 2008

Food Protection, Social Program Drug Testing & Dyed Diesel: July 29, 2008

On the Senate side, here is a great bill, I don't think we could ever do enough food protection, espcially in light of the many recent issues with food-borne illnesses:

By Mr. REID (D-NV)(for Mr. OBAMA (D-IL)):
S. 3358. A bill to provide for enhanced food-borne illness surveillance and food safety capacity; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Source: GPO [S7629]

This is a very interesting, and sure to be controversial, bill from the Senate. It would require families received TANF, which is financial assistance from the government, to be drug tested. I'm certain their will be issues with cost, privacy, accuracy, etc. but it would be a way of determining that government assistance is not getting smoked or snorted.

S. 3361. A bill to amend title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to implement a drug testing program for applicants for and recipients of assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; to the Committee on Finance. Source: GPO [S7629]

On the House side, another bill that may be controversial to allow dyed diesel to be used on rural highways. At the moment, dyed diesel fuel is only allowed in off-road vehicles such as tractors and recreational vehicles:

By Mr. HILL (D-IN):
H.R. 6634. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow dyed diesel to be sold in rural areas for use in highway vehicles; to the Committee on Ways and Means. Source: GPO [H7306]

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