Senate Votes Tomorrow!
House Republicans voted on Friday to extend the “Monsanto Protection Act” in the short-term 3-month appropriations bill (H.J. Res 59) put forth by House Republican leadership. The bill passed 230-189. The controversial rider, included in last spring’s 6-month continuing resolution (H.R. 933), undermines federal courts’ ability to safeguard farmers, consumers and the environment from potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GE) crops. Friday’s continuing resolution spending bill retains that corporate-friendly language.
The Senate begins voting on the 3-month continuing resolution tomorrow, and we are working hard to make sure the biotech rider is not included in the Senate version. Please sign the petition to Sen. Mikulski today!
About the “Monsanto Protection Act”
Wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, the rider represents a serious assault on the fundamental safeguards of our judicial system and would negatively impact farmers, the environment and public health across America. The rider would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop and compel USDA to allow continued planting of that same crop upon request. In addition to being completely unnecessary, the rider represents an unprecedented attack on U.S. judicial review, which is an essential element of U.S. law and provides a critical check on government decisions that may negatively impact human health, the environment or livelihoods. This also raises potential jurisdictional concerns with the Senate Agriculture and Judiciary Committees that merited hearings by the Committees before its consideration.