This week the House could pass a Continuing Resolution (H.J.RES.59) that contains the same Monsanto Protection Act that it passed last spring!
While the previous continuing resolution was scheduled to expire on September 30th, the new resolution contains the exact same language that offers Monsanto and their GMO crops protection from judicial oversight and forces the USDA to allow the planting of untested GMO crops without proper scientific or regulatory review.
If allowed to pass again this dangerous provision could eventually become permanent, allowing Monsanto to succeed in stripping judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested GMO crops.
At the same time, Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) and others are working to introduce a langauge that would make it illegal for states to pass laws to label GMOs by preempting state’s rights and forcing the issue to be decided at the federal level.
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Dear Member of Congress,
I am writing to urge you to strike the Monsanto Protection Act, otherwise known as Section 735, currently included in the Continuing Resolution’s spending bill (H.J.RES.59).
Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this provision is simply an industry ploy to continue to sell genetically engineered (GE) seeds even when a court of law has found they were approved by USDA illegally. It is unnecessary and an unprecedented attack on U.S. judicial review. Congress should not be meddling with the judicial review process based solely on the special interest of a handful of companies.
I am urging you to vote No on the Continuing Resolution because it contains Section 735, AKA the Monsanto Protection Act, and vote against any bill or provision that would eliminate state’s rights to label genetically engineered foods. This past March, Americans were outraged when Congress passed the “farmer assurance provision”, Section 735 in HR 933 and now Congress is considering passing it again in the current continuing resolution spending bill.
It’s important that as Congress consider the financial health of our nation that the Monsanto and the biotech industry are not allowed to undermine our basic democratic rights and the concept of judicial review.
As your constituent, I believe it’s important that our elected officials support more oversight of the agricultural biotech industry, not less. It’s important to me and my family what we eat everyday, and biotech lobbyists shouldn’t be allowed to corrupt the review process for new biotech crops.
I support more openness and transparency in food labeling and government!