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'Monsanto Protection Act' Killed in Senate: Controversial Provision Removed from Spending Bill

A tad delayed in reporting this, but I didn't see it posted.
By Connor Adams Sheets
International Business Times, September 27, 2013

The so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" has been removed from a Senate spending bill to the delight of those opposed to the controversial provision.

The provision would have stayed on the books under a continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives last week, but U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., led a successful charge to have the language removed from the Senate version of the bill.

"One week ago, I asked, 'Who pulls more weight on Capitol Hill? The agrichemical companies like Dow and Monsanto, or the food movement?'" Elizabeth Kucinich, policy director for the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. "Thanks to the leadership of Senator Barbara Mikulski we now know the answer: the food movement."

Mikulski introduced an amendment to have the language of the bill changed to remove the "Monsanto Protection Act" removed. The amendment was approved earlier this week, and the provision will expire at the end of this month.

A massive groundswell of public opposition to the "Monsanto Protection Act" began in March, when news of its existence hit the mainstream.

The provision, officially Section 735 of the HR 933 continuing resolution passed in March, came under fire because food safety advocates warn that it strips federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and propagation of genetically modified seeds and crops if safety tests reveal concerns about their safety.

The legislation was written by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in collaboration with Monsanto Company -- which has become the public face of the virulent debate over GMOs.


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Thank you Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)

for waging a persistent fight against the Monsanto Protection Act.


How Can They Fail To Fund It?

It's the law of the land!

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Re Monsanto Protection Act

Thanks for the good news.

When is Missouri Senator Blunt up for re-election? I think it would set an excellent example if elected officials who put the interest of corporations above the interest of human beings failed to get re-elected.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


Sadly, too many Republicans in the House voted to extend this act prior to the Senate's killing it. But Blunt, yes, of all people he needs to go!!