Senate Vote on #GMO Labeling Expected This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

uscapitolThe Senate is scheduled to vote to limit debate on the GMO labeling compromise from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow this week and agricultural organizations are urging their members to contact their senators about it.

If the vote for cloture achieves 60 votes tomorrow after the Senate returns from the Independence Day recess the bill could move to a final vote by Friday. “The Roberts-Stabenow agreement brings continuity to the marketplace, ensuring that consumers have the access to product information they deserve without stigmatizing this safe, proven technology valued by American farmers,” said the National Corn Growers Association in an alert to members. “It is imperative that all those desiring a common-sense, federal solution to the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws act now to ensure swift passage.”

Over 1,000 ag and food industry organizations have already sent a letter to Senate leadership to show their support for the food labeling solution. “We thank Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow, for their strong leadership on this issue, and we ask that you schedule floor time and provide expedited consideration of this important and timely legislation,” the letter states. “We pledge to work with senators on both sides of the aisle to ensure quick passage of this bipartisan proposal.”

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