House Republicans vote to extend ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ in spending bill that would gut ‘Obamacare’
NY Daily News
BY DAVID KNOWLES
House Republicans hate “Obamacare,” but seem just fine with the “Monsanto Protection Act.”
Tucked into the GOP’s latest bid to gut the Affordable Care Act, the House passed a three-month extension on Friday of the Farmer Assurance Provision rider that circumvents judicial authority regarding the sale and planting of genetically modified crops.
Dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by foes of the provision that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March, the legislation states that the United States Department of Agriculture will have final say over whether GMO crops can be planted and sold, rather than the courts, and shields companies like Monsanto and Dow Chemical from certain lawsuits.
Opponents of the provision blasted House Republicans for continuing to support what they see as an industry giveaway.
“It is truly disappointing that the House Republicans continue to push forward this overreaching and damaging corporate earmark,” Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety, said in a statement.