Murray, Blunt

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Murray: (4:02 p.m.)

  • Spoke on food labeling legislation.
    • "So I was very glad to see that after seven years of delays and foot-dragging, seven years of objections from Republicans who didn't want to allow this commonsense law to be fully implemented, in May of this year we finally saw this law implemented by a Republican administration no less. Yet today before us now is a proposal that however well-intended it may be, would take us backwards. This bill would undermine nutrition labeling. It would punish businesses along the way that have already fully complemented the law and would carve out an entire category of businesses from providing labeling in their stores and bar F.D.A. From conducting the oversight that we all count on them to do."


Senator Blunt: (4:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on food labeling legislation.
    • "We can see all kinds of examples by walking around the Capitol complex itself let alone through your neighborhood grocery stores. As a result, it would be almost impossible to have a one-size-fits-all rule. Before I mention what the Blunt-Alexander-King substitute amendment would have done that the senator from Washington State has objected to, let me, first of all, address the house-passed bipartisan bill that's been pending on the Senate calendar. Senator King joined me in the bipartisan Nutrition Disclosure Act in the Senate. The same bill already passed the House. The bill is not just bicameral."