October 24, 2014

Monsanto Protection Act Removed From Senate CR

CongressThe “Monsanto Protection Act” has been removed from the Senate Continuing Resolution appropriations bill, which funds the government for another three months past September 30, 2013. The U.S. House added the rider to the version they sent to the Senate.

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) said in a statement, “The Monsanto Protection Act is bad policy for the country and the State of Hawaii. The Senate version of the Continuing Resolution Act does not include this provision. This provision took the ability of the Secretary of Agriculture to fully exercise his regulatory power over GMOs, and compromised the role of our courts as a check on the legislative and executive systems, making it significantly more difficult for concerned citizens to present their case.”

He continued, “I strongly urge the House not to sneak the Monsanto Protection Act back into the final version of the appropriations bill. However, if it is slipped back in, rather than letting the issue be deliberated with full transparency and public input, I will immediately introduce legislation to repeal it.”

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) agreed, saying that “stripping the Monsanto Protection Act is a victory for American consumers and family farm agriculture. Corporate giveaways have no business in a bill to fund the government, and I’m pleased that the Senate stood up for accountability and transparency and against special interests.”

Comments

  1. This is wonderful news for all of us. GMO food is extremely bad for our health and causes all kinds of health problems. The FDA needs to ban all GMO foods and Monsanto should never have been given a USDA patent approval to grow this tainted food in the first place. This is a positive step in the right direction. Also, General Mills is going to sell their original Cheerios with no GMO ingredients. Now if the cereal industry would all join in and if they would replace the sugar in cereals with steevia we could all enjoy healthier cereal. This would be especially good for our children who eat cereal for breakfast.

  2. *laffs* I am thrilled! Monsanto has a near monopoly on our food supply and seeds and all those manufacturers like Kelloggs, Nestles, Mars, Kraft foods, Pepsico, General Mills etc etc should be boycotted because they are in the pockets of Monsanto and always vote AGAINST the wishes of the American people. It’s time the People stood up and ROARED!

  3. This is good news. Guess Monsanto hasn’t bought and paid for ‘all’ of our lawmakers. The biotech bullies are using the American people as unwilling lab rats, in their failed GMO experiments. If the GM foods are so safe, why are they not labeled in the U.S. like they are in 64 other countries in the world. And why does Monsanto feel that the company needs to be protected for the harm they may cause to people and the environment. It sounds to me, like Monsanto knows something ‘they’ don’t want ‘us’ to know.

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