The Senate moved to strike protections for genetically-altered foods from the House version of a stopgap funding measure. Here’s the story in Politico.
Sen. Brian Schatz released the following statement on Wednesday.
“The Monsanto Protection Act is bad policy for the country and the State of Hawaii. The Senate version of the Continuing Resolution does not include this provision, effectively repealing the Monsanto Protection Act. 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.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard had previously condemned the adding of the provision to the budget bill.
She said in a statement on Wednesday, “As a long-time proponent of labeling genetically engineered (GE) foods, I am thrilled that the controversial ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ could end as early as next week.”
Photo: Sen. Brian Schatz (Schatz’s office)
— Kery Murakami