Success! Waxman’s Anti-Supplement Measure Excluded From Senate “Wall St. Reform” Bill! But Fight Is Not Over

May 25, 2010
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washington-dcOn Thursday, May 19, the Senate held their final vote on the Wall Street “Reform” Act. We are pleased to report that the anti-supplement provision drafted by Congressman Henry A. Waxman (D–CA), and included in the House bill, which would have expanded the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), was not included in the final version of the Senate bill— the provision had suddenly become “too controversial”!

This victory was largely due to you, our supporters, who flooded Senate offices with thousands of emails and phone calls. Thank you! This is proof once again that when you make your voice clearly heard, legislators listen.
But the fight isn’t over yet.
Now’s the time to let your senators and Congressional representatives know that you want them to tell the conference committee to remove the FTC powers expansion language currently in the House version of the bill from the final version of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As we noted earlier, this could be a devastating piece of legislation for anyone who uses dietary supplements. Please TAKE ACTION immediately! We’ve made so much progress– we need to redouble our efforts now!
Please note:  Senate Conferee were just named. They are Dodd (D-Connecticut); Shelby (R-Alabama); Johnson (D-South Dakota); Reed (D-Rhode Island); Schumer (D-New York); Corker (R-Tennessee); Crapo (R-Idaho); and Gregg (R-New Hampshire).
Also appointed as negotiators are Senators Lincoln (D-Arkansas); Chambliss (R-Georgia); Leahy (D-Vermont); and Harkin (D-Iowa).
If any of these Senate Conferees or negotiators are from your state it’s critical you TAKE ACTION immediately!
House Conferees will likely be named next week.


21 responses to “Success! Waxman’s Anti-Supplement Measure Excluded From Senate “Wall St. Reform” Bill! But Fight Is Not Over”

  1. Kate McWiggins says:

    The FTC powers expansion language currently in the House version of the bill needs to be removed. You must know by now that millions of American rely on supplements for their health, that there has been a huge move to more natural healing, and that, unlike prescription drugs that now kill over a million people a year, these supplements aren’t hurting anybody. You represent the people of this country not big pharma or big business. Kill the anti-supplement provision.

  2. Sandra White says:

    KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY NUTRIENTS!
    LITTLE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND CANCER NEED TO HAVE ALTERNATIVE CHOICES TO GET WELL.
    DR AND PHAMACISTS DO NOT STUDY NUTRITION OR ALL NATURAL FOOD SUPPLEMENTS IN COLLEGE….THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO ADVISE OR MAKE CHOICES FOR ANYONE.
    WHILE YOU ARE REMOVING THE FTC……THROW OUT HENRY WAXMAN, TOO.
    I HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF MAKING SURE HE IS NOT RELECTED IN CA.
    NO MORE COVERT SNEAKY ACTIONS….THIS IS TO BE A TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT.
    HE JUST THREW CHILDREN, SENIORS AND VERY SICK PEOPLE UNDER THE BUS FOR WALL STREET.
    I DO NOT HAVE MY RETIREMENT BECAUSE TO THE IGNORANCE OF GLYCO NUTRIENTS AND TARGETING BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL…..LEAVE US ALONE.
    MY NUTRIENTS THAT CAN HEAL CANCER IS BASED ON THE LAST 7 NOBAL PRIZE WINNING
    BIO CHEMISTS. NOT JUNK SCIENCE.
    THIS REFORM BILL IS A RUN AWAY TRAIN…..STOP IT!

  3. Sandra White says:

    HANDS OF MY NUTRIENTS.
    STOP THE FTC AND THROW OUT HENRY WAXMAN FOR SNEAKY COVERT ACTIONS!
    MY CHOICE OF NUTRIENTS IS BASED ON THE LIFE STUDIES OF THE LAST 7 NOBAL PRIZE WINNING BIOCHEMISTS…..THIS IS NOT JUNK SCIENCE.

  4. RJ Browne says:

    I want to tell the conference committee to remove the FTC powers expansion language currently in the House version of the bill from the final version of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dietary supplements have enabled me to maintain good health and to hold a job.

  5. ML Browne says:

    I want to tell the conference committee to remove the FTC powers expansion language currently in the House version of the bill from the final version of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dietary supplements have contributed to my health and well-being. I couldn’t functiion without them.

  6. Linda Lee Andersson says:

    Congress! What is wrong with them? They de-regulate businesses that corrupt our earth and its inhabitants, then they over-regulate the good nutrients we citizens choose to put into our bodies!
    What is wrong with them? Are they so far removed from the constituents that they represent that they make ugly decisions to harm us? One thing you can do: remove the FTC powers expansion language currently in the House version of the bill from the final version of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Please don’t think we’re stupid. If you don’t really represent the citizens, then leave office.

  7. Molly says:

    Please remove any reference to the FTC having powers over SUPPLEMENTS.
    SUPPLEMENTS are ALREADY overseen by the FDA.
    It isi already cost effective. Having the FTC oversee SUPPLEMENTS will only create a
    financial hardship for those who depend upon SUPPLEMENTS.
    Thank You

  8. Lance M. Martin says:

    Hi!
    I am a little confused. You say that the amendment by Rep. Waxman was not included in the Senate bill (S 3217), amendment (SA 3739). I called Sen. Casey on Friday May 21 to learn that it did pass on Thursday May 20, and Sen. Casey voted for it. I went to the U.S, Senate website to find out the vote was 60-40 with the Yays in the majority. Are you sure you have your facts straight? I did call twice and e-mailed Sen. Casey and Sen. Specter opposing this amendment.

  9. Jan Kelley says:

    I take a large handful of vitamins each day. I’m certain that this contributes to my fantastic health and energy level. Anyone who votes against my right to buy supplements will most certainly lose my vote!!!

  10. Carmen Vazquez says:

    I am writing to urge you to remove the FTC powers expansion language that is currently in the House version of the Senate’s Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Thank you for your conscience attention to this matter.

  11. Sondra Braun says:

    I wish I could attend the hearings so I could tell my story of how supplements saved my life.

  12. Sandy Soto says:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Google “Dr. Rima Laibow” and read/hear what she has to say about Codex Alimentarium. They are slated to approve a supplement ruling that will cut down the maximum dosage of vitamins to a negligible amout (ie. an amount that doesn’t do anything to us). Supposedly it is already in effect in Europe. What stands in the way of the US implementing it are pre-existing supplement laws, which they are trying to circumvent. And this is just one of the many twisted things in the works. We need to keep pushing back and not let any of this fall between the cracks. Each one reach one – tell everyone you know how their health freedom is in danger, and

  13. Sandy Soto says:

    (woops, i hit enter by accident and submitted an incomplete post – here is the complete one)
    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Google “Dr. Rima Laibow” and read/hear what she has to say about Codex Alimentarium. They are slated to approve a supplement ruling that will cut down the maximum dosage of vitamins to a negligible amout (ie. an amount that doesn’t do anything to us). Supposedly it is already in effect in Europe. What stands in the way of the US implementing it are pre-existing supplement laws, which they are trying to circumvent. And this is just one of the many twisted things in the works. We need to keep pushing back and not let any of this fall between the cracks. Each one reach one – tell everyone you know how their health freedom is in danger, and WHAT THEY CAN DO ABOUT IT!

  14. Elle says:

    I am very concerned over the Bill in it’s final version of the Wall Street Reform and Consumers Protection Act. Please may I urge you to REMOVE the FTC powers exoansion language currently in the House Version.
    I was told to get my house in order, My Brain Tumor was to deep for anyone to help. I could not speak plainly. That was 2 and 3/4 years ago. Thanks to Almighty God and healthful living PLUS SUPPLEMENTS I wake every morning and now speak and continue to learn, Please do not let this correction to a Bill go UNCARED for! So MANY of us are watching and depending and urging you to step in and correct this matter for us. A vote for or against = depends on your action.

  15. Lisa OBrien says:

    We do not need you to babysit us. Leave the supplements alone and do your job ,
    Try illegal immigration and controlling the uniions. You know, real issues

    • Thomas says:

      Hear hear! These asinine politicians need to BACK OFF regarding our liberties & freedom of choice! After we got McCain to let up with his s3002 bill, they knew very well where the public stood on supplements — yet snakes like Waxman tried to sneak in similar anyway! Slipping it in AN UNRELATED BILL & with the type of language is an insidious act; thank you Alliance for Natural Health for your concerted efforts in keeping behind all this & updating us. We must keep fighting the good fight!

  16. Paula says:

    The most scary part of this can be explained completly if one is to watch “Food Inc” it is the only why that Goverment can give control to big company’s such as monsanto to control our supplements thus controlling us!!!! its really scary!! keep fighting PLEASE!!!

  17. Will Leverett says:

    Frankl, I am sick and tired of you law makers messing with my right to supplements. Get on with important things like illegal immigration, fixing the actual blame on the off shore oil leak, and placing the blame for that mess on Mr. Dick Cheney for allowing his Oil Co. buddies to drill without a permit. Permits are required to build most anything, yet, as I understand it, no permits were obtained to drill in the ocean.
    Why was this allowed? It seems that the President is catching the blame for another inherited problem from the last Administration.

  18. Robert McBride says:

    LEAVE THE SUPPLEMENTS ALONE !!! NO FTC and NO FDA oversight. They know nothing as MDs and Pharmists are not trained in nutrition, etc. There is much documentation from several nobel prize winners favor of supplements. I am old enough to pick and choose my supplements and this is
    AMERICA which should give me that FREEDOM. Point the FDA to their real job prescription medicines which kill thousands every year and not by supplements.
    QUIT listening to special interest groups (drug companies, etc) and spend you time doing REAL legistation about REAL problems (my a novel approach!).

  19. Geraldine says:

    LEAVE OUR SUPPLEMENTS ALONE .IT IS MY CHOICE WHAT i TAKE. The Senator need to get off their duffs and do the jobs they get paid well to do. Stop china from sending all the junk over here,
    GOP needs to stop trying to play GOD, work together as a group to change this country, and STOP
    ACTING like a bunch of SPOILD ROTTEN BRATS. All you want to do is inflick more pain and suffering on the American people. I think instead of you trying to change our lives, we Americans need to get together and and change your life so you are not so comfortable. The Senators should only be allowed to be able to hold office for two(2) terms Then they are out. I bet you would get more work done. I bet they would not be as coockie as they are now. What you say AMERICA???????

  20. Sherwin Berger says:

    If the FTC or the infamous FDA are given any additional regulatory powers with regard to supplements, the effects on the public will be catastrophic. Millions of us take natural vitamins, minerals and herbs to counteract the toxic environment in which we live. These nutriens are our lifeline for leading healthy, productive lives. THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING — NUTRIENTS SAVE LIVES — MOST DRUGS DESTROY LIVES.
    An already overburdened health care system will become even more crippled if anti-nutrient legislation is passed.

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