House May Block Food Safety Bill Over Senate Error

December 2, 2010 05:00

Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.

By John Stanton at Roll Call


By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides.

Section 107 of the bill includes a set of fees that are classified as revenue raisers, which are technically taxes under the Constitution.


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