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house Bill H.R. 933

The Spending Bill Containing the Monsanto Protection Act

Argument in favor

Keeps the government open and running through September. Keeps congressional spending on its own operations flat. Big boost to education funding.

Argument opposed

Monsanto Protection Act sets precedent of corporations being able to work around consumer safety provisions and courts if they can obtain congressional help in doing so.

What is House Bill H.R. 933?

A 1,582 page spending bill containing the controversial "Monsanto Protection Act," (explained in further detail below). Finances the government through September 30th, 2014. Notably, the bill:

-Increases spending by $26 billion over 2013 fiscal spending; 

-Increases spending on agriculture by 1.7%;

-Increases spending on Commerce-Science-Justice by 3%, with, notably, the FBI getting $232 million more than last year and the National Science Foundation receiving $82 million less;

-Keeps defense spending virtually the same as last year, with a .2% increase;

-Increases Energy-Water funding by 2.3%, with far less funding for energy-effeciency research than the Obama administration had hoped for; 

-Increases financial services spending by 2.7%, with, notably, the IRS receiving $526 million less than it did last year; 

-Keeps homeland security spending low, with a .8% increase, with, notably, large increases for Border Patrol and cuts for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA); 

-Increases Interior-Environment spending by .8%, with notable cuts to the EPA, an agency that has had 20% of it budget cut since 2010;

-Increases Labor-Health and Human Services and Education spending by 2%, with $1 billion in additional funding to school readiness program Head Start and an 8.2% increase in funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

-Provides federal workers and military personnel with 1 percent pay increases;

-Scales back cuts to the Pentagon;

-Blocks the United States Postal Service from eliminating Saturday service;

-Contains the Farmers Assurance Provision, or what critics call the "Monsanto Protection Act". More information on this provision is below. 

Impact

Affects myriad aspects of American society.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 933

$1.10 Trillion

More Information

Media:

CNN: Spending Bill Summary

Washington Post: Spending Bill Winners and Losers 

Of Note:

-26 Republican senators voted against the bill. Among them are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska: members of the Appropriations Committee that wrote the bill.

-The bill blocks the Department of Energy from implementing or enforcing a phaseout of energy-ineffecient incandescent lightbulbs. 

-The bill also blocks funding for the high-speed rail system sought by the Obama administration. 

The Monsanto Protection Act

-Perhaps the most controversial portion of the spending bill is the so-called Monsanto Protection Act. Section 735 of the spending bill, and officially known as the Farmers Assurance Provision, this bill effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale of or planting of controversial genetically-modified seeds, also known as GMOs. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) worked closely with Monsanto to the craft the bill's language, and many members of Congress were supposedly unaware that the provision was contained in the massive spending bill. More than 250,000 people signed a petition opposing the provision. The bill remains  in effect for six months. 

Monsanto Protection Act: Media

Fox Business: Monsanto Sows Seeds of Protest

HuffPo (Video)

Jezebel: What's the Monsanto Protection Act and Why Is It All Over Facebook? 

Salon: How the Monsanto Protection Act Snuck Into Law 

AKA

Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

Official Title

"An Act making consolidated appropriations and further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013."

bill Progress


  • EnactedMarch 26th, 2013
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 20th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 73 Yea / 26 Nay
  • The house Passed March 21st, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 318 Yea / 109 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedMarch 4th, 2013

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    [THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! Folks, how do you like the idea of you and your family eating Monsanto's WEED KILLER?! Monsanto (which has been bought by BAYER) and our government must be held ACCOUNTABLE for allowing this to happen! This poses a serious threat to our HEALTH, since glyphosate is a known CARCINOGEN!] FDA Finds #Glyphosate in #Honey • Even though the FDA annually examines foods for residues of many pesticides, it has declined to test for glyphosate residues for DECADES. It was only in February of this year that the agency said it would start some limited testing for glyphosate residues. That came after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing on various foods two years ago, finding glyphosate in an array of products, including flour, cereal and oatmeal. • Some of the honey tested by the FDA had glyphosate residues at 107 parts per billion, well more than the 50 parts per billion set as a maximum allowed in the European Union, the documents state. • In addition to honey, the records show government residue experts discussing the prevalence of glyphosate found in soybean samples and the belief that there could be a lot of "violation for glyphosate" residue levels in U.S. crops. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (#FDA) has found residues of the weed killer glyphosate in samples of U.S. honey, according to documents obtained by the consumer advocacy group U.S. Right to Know through a Freedom of Information Act request. Some samples showed residue levels double the legally allowed limit in the European Union. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/fda-finds-monsantos-weed_b_12008680.html https://www.usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FDA1.pdf https://usrtk.org/ There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the U.S., so any amount of detectable glyphosate in honey could technically be considered illegal. Some of the honey tested by the FDA had glyphosate residues at 107 parts per billion, well more than the 50 parts per billion set as a maximum allowed in the European Union, the documents state. https://www.usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FDAblankhoney.pdf Records obtained from the FDA, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, by U.S. Right to Know detail a range of revelations about the federal government's efforts to get a handle on rising concerns about glyphosate. In addition to honey, the records show government residue experts discussing the prevalence of glyphosate found in soybean samples and the belief that there could be a lot of "violation for glyphosate" residue levels in U.S. crops. http://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-vaccines-1999343362.html Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used herbicide in the world and concerns about glyphosate residues in food increased after the World Health Organization in 2015 said its cancer experts determined glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. Other international scientists have raised concerns about how heavy use of glyphosate is impacting human health and the environment. http://www.ecowatch.com/bayer-buys-monsanto-2004657068.html https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf http://www.ecowatch.com/iarc-scientist-reaffirms-glyphosates-link-to-cancer-as-monsantos-reque-1906676980.html Even though the FDA annually examines foods for residues of many #pesticides, it has declined to test for glyphosate residues for decades. It was only in February of this year that the agency said it would start some limited testing for glyphosate residues. That came after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing on various foods two years ago, finding glyphosate in an array of products, including flour, cereal and oatmeal. http://www.ecowatch.com/fda-to-start-testing-monsantos-glyphosate-in-food-1882175426.html http://www.ecowatch.com/quaker-oats-accused-of-being-deceptive-and-misleading-after-glyphosate-1891128136.html http://www.ecowatch.com/fda-glyphosate-honey-2005556150.html
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    Do not protect Monsanto. There are too many problems they have caused.
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    I see not one person that thinks this is a good idea and yet you voted for this. Big Agra is killing us and yet you vote to protect them. Stunning!
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    Monsanto's lobbyists have been rampant and unchecked in our government for too long which has provided them privileges that extend far beyond the public's will and wellbeing.
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    Monsanto is helping to destroy natural healthy food options and if corporations are allowed to continue applying the pressure and the control of farmers than it will only get worse.
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    Say no to Monsanto!
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    This company needs to be stopped. They are poisoning our food supply all for profits
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    Get Monsanto out of the House and the Senate. It is disgraceful.
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    Hell no Monsanto is killing the environment
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    GMOs could be causing harm to people and the environment. I believe they should be outlawed, so I would never vote to protect them.
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