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"Monsanto Rider" Passes With 'continuing Resolution'

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:46 AM   #1
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Default "Monsanto Rider" passes with 'continuing resolution'

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., did respond, saying that he wanted a vote on his amendment to remove the provision. On the Senate floor, Tester argued that supporters regard the pro-GMO wording as "the farmer assurance provision. But all it really assures is a lack of corporate liability."

He added: "The provision says that when a judge finds that the USDA approved a crop illegally, the department must re-approve the crop and allow it to continue to be planted regardless of what the judge says. Think about that."

Tester went on to say that the provision ignores separation of powers in the Constitution and "also lets genetically modified crops take hold across the country even when a judge finds it violates the law."

In the end, Tester's assertions made no difference. His amendment, like many others, was disallowed by Senate leaders and never heard in the rush to keep government agencies from closing their doors.
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