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Saturday, March 30, 2013

“Monsanto Protection Act” H.R. 933

Liberty-Pac : Once again we the people have failed to hold our elected Representatives accountable. I would ask the readers of this venue.... what have you done lately to make difference? But we already know the answer to that question don't we? To the few brave souls out their on the field, once again we have to tow the line. Thanks to all the patriots for all your sacrifices and hard work. If you haven't already, please sign the Petition today opposing “Monsanto's Protection Act” H.R.933 page:34 section 735

By: Connor Adams Sheets International Business Times | March 28 2013

“A national chorus of rage is rising over the "Monsanto Protection Act," a provision of the H.R. 933 spending bill that was passed by (Congress) this month and signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

Many voters will be wondering how their members of Congress voted on The H.R. 933 continuing resolution. This article provides a brief primer on the criticisms of Section 735 of the bill -- a provision that opponents have dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act" -- followed by a breakdown of how each member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted on it.

The language in Section 735 effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of genetically modified crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from their consumption may come to light in the future, according to interpretations of the law included in a petition against the provision that was circulated by the advocacy group Food Democracy Now.

"This provision is simply an industry ploy to continue to sell genetically engineered seeds even when a court of law has found they were approved by USDA illegally," the petition stated. "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. Many food safety advocates maintain that there have not been enough studies into the potential health risks of GMO and GE seeds and crops, and the judicial power to stop companies from selling or planting them was one key recourse they were relying on to stop them from being sold if health risks come to light."

The petition was signed by more than 200,000 people during a drive aimed at getting Obama to veto the bill that Congress sent to his desk. But their effort was not able to sway Obama, and the provision is now in force for the six months during which the continuing provision will remain the law of the land.

Now protesters, food advocates, organic farmers and others are coming together in a push either for Section 735 to somehow be repealed, or at least for it to be struck from any permanent legislation that will likely arise as the period of the continuing resolution draws to a close later this year.

Below is a breakdown of the congressional voting record on HR 933, which provides insight into just how the bill, Section 735 included, made it from the Capitol to the White House: Here is the 73-26-1 Senate roll call vote breakdown on HR 933, as compiled by the Senate's clerk office.”