by Julie Wilson, Natural News:
The agrichemical industry and Big Food took a major hit yesterday after the Senate blocked a bill aimed at preempting states’ rights from enacting GMO-labeling laws; it also would have reversed any labeling laws currently in place, such as the one Vermont passed in 2014, which is scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2016.
S. 2609, coined the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act by its opponents, was narrowly defeated yesterday after it failed to receive the necessary votes. At least 60 “yes” votes were required for it to pass; however, it fell short, receiving only 49 yes’s and 48 no’s.
The right to know whether or not our food contains ingredients that are genetically altered is so pertinent to public health that we felt it absolutely crucial to let all of you know which of your senators voted for and against the bill, which is widely considered an outright attack on consumer rights.
Website glitch obscures vote tallies
The task of pulling the Senate’s roll call vote tallies should have been an easy one. But it appears that government incompetence has once against muddied the waters. According to Senate.gov, roll call vote tallies are posted online within one hour of the vote.
However, at the time of this writing, if you go to click on March 16 (the date of the DARK Act vote), and click on the tally (48-49), you get what appears to be the correct vote results for S.2609, except that it’s mislabeled as the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.” Next to “Measure Title,” it reads: “A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.”
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