Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is introducing an alternative short term government funding bill today that would repeal the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act.” Last week the House passed a Continuing Resolution that would fund the government for three months beyond the deadline of September 30, 2013, and also extended a rider that guarantees agrichemical companies can sell GMO and genetically engineered seeds even if a federal court declares them unlawful. Mikulski’s bill would strip that provision before sending the bill back to the House.
Center for Food Safety is asking interested consumers to call their senators and ask them to support Senator Mikulski’s bill. Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for the Center for food Safety said in a statement, “Chairwoman Mikulski’s proposal to halt the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ rider in its tracks would be a major victory for the food movement.”
Consumer food advocates oppose the Act because it strips federal courts of their authority and undermines the USDA. O’Neil said, “short-term appropriations bills are not an excuse for Congress to grandfather in bad policy. Despite millions of dollars from agrichemical lobbyists, this bill demonstrates that the people still have the power on Capitol Hill.”