American Farm Bureau Blasts Senators Voting Against Cloture of Biotech Labeling Bill Proposed by Kansas Senator Pat RobertsWed, 16 Mar 2016 12:06:20 CDT
The US Senate failed to invoke Cloture on Senator Pat Roberts' measure labeing of biotechnology on food labels- the final vote was 48 yeas and 49 nays- sixty votes are required for the bioll to advance and be voted on.
The President of the American Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall, issued the following statement following the vote:
"It is inexcusable that today's Senate vote on a voluntary federal GMO labeling bill that preempts a damaging patchwork of state measures fell short. While we appreciate Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduling this floor vote today, we will continue our fight for this vital piece of legislation, along with Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and others, to secure a law that supports consumers, America's farmers and ranchers and our nation's system of affordable, productive agriculture.
"To say we are angry with those senators who abandoned farmers and ranchers and turned their backs on rural America on this vote is an understatement. Their votes opposing this measure ignored science, threw our nation's food system into disarray and undermined the public's understanding of the many benefits of biotechnology in feeding a growing and hungry population. We remain hopeful they will have a chance at redemption by correcting this situation that will otherwise lead to increased food costs for consumers and stifle agricultural innovation, which remains a strength of our nation. We must not let anyone forget that rural America and our farmers and ranchers do matter."
Earlier, American Farm Bureau sent a letter to all Senators asking for their support- click here for our earlier story on that request made by Farm Bureau.
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