Senator says 'It's all Rigged' just before Food Safety Bill Passage
SEN. LIEBERMAN TO SEN. HUTCHINSON - CAUGHT ON OPEN MIC - 'IT'S RIGGED, IT'S RIGGED, IT'S ALL RIGGED!"
And indeed, I would say with some confidence - our government is ALL RIGGED AGAINST US!
The quote is after the 1:04:29 hour mark and before the 1:06:43 time stamp on the video http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenateSessionPart128
Before the final vote Tuesday, the Senate voted 36-62 to defeat a substitute proposal by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that had far less in the way of regulatory provisions. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the sponsor of the food safety bill, had complained that Coburn's proposal would have "gutted" the more comprehensive bill.
We have taken momentous steps toward strengthening food safety in America," Harkin said after the final vote. "The Food Safety Modernization Act will help bring America's food safety system into the 21st century."
Coburn maintained his defiance to the end, asserting the bill has "fatal flaws" and that federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are already overburdened and prone to mistakes.