President Signs Controversial (Non)GMO Labeling Bill Against Citizens Outpouring

 

The President has decided to ignore the outpouring of citizen opposition to the GMO food (non)labeling bill passed by Congress, and has signed into law a big gift to Monsanto and their biotech allies.

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the President signed into law:

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2607, H.R. 3700, H.R. 3931, H.R. 3953, H.R. 4010, H.R. 4425, H.R. 4747, H.R. 4761, H.R. 4777, H.R. 4877, H.R. 4904, H.R. 4925, H.R. 4975, H.R. 4987, H.R. 5028, H.R. 5722, S. 764, S. 2893, S. 3055, S. 3207

H.R. 2607, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7802 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, New York, as the Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building;

H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016,” which modifies the administration and delivery of a number of Federal housing programs;

H.R. 3931, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 620 Central Avenue Suite 1A in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, as the Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown United States Post Office;

H.R. 3953, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4122 Madison Street, Elfers, Florida, as the Private First Class Felton Roger Fussell Memorial Post Office;

H.R. 4010, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 522 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona, as the Ed Pastor Post Office;

H.R. 4425, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minnesota, as the Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office;

H.R. 4747, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6691 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia, as the Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building;

H.R. 4761, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 61 South Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre, California, as the Louis Van Iersel Post Office;

H.R. 4777, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1301 Alabama Avenue in Selma, Alabama, as the Amelia Boynton Robinson Post Office Building;

H.R. 4877, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3130 Grants Lake Boulevard in Sugar Land, Texas, as the LCpl Garrett W. Gamble, USMC Post Office Building;

H.R. 4904, the “Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2016” or the “MEGABYTE Act of 2016,” which requires Federal agencies, through an Office of Management and Budget directive, to track software licenses, and to make public reports on cost savings through efficient software license management;

H.R. 4925, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 229 West Main Cross Street, in Findlay, Ohio, as the Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building;

H.R. 4975, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5720 South 142nd Street in Omaha, Nebraska, as the Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson Post Office Building;

H.R. 4987, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3957 2nd Avenue in Laurel Hill, Florida, as the Sergeant First Class William “Kelly” Lacey Post Office;

H.R. 5028, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10721 E Jefferson Ave in Detroit, Michigan, as the Mary E. McCoy Post Office Building;

H.R. 5722, the “John F. Kennedy Centennial Commission Act,” which establishes the John F. Kennedy Centennial Commission to plan, develop, and carry out activities to honor John F. Kennedy on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth;

S. 764, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.

The legislation passed by Congress two weeks ago will require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone that indicates whether the food contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The Agriculture Department has two years to write the rules, which will pre-empt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

Congressional passage came over the strong objections of Vermont’s congressional delegation. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch argued that the measure falls short, especially compared with the tougher labeling requirements in their state. While the bill gives companies the three options for labeling, the Vermont law would require items be labeled “produced with genetic engineering.”

Advocates for labeling and the food industry, which has fought Vermont’s law, have wanted to find a national solution to avoid a state-by-state patchwork of laws. While the food industry ended up supporting the final bill, many of the advocates did not, arguing that many consumers won’t be able to read electronic labels and that there aren’t enough penalties for companies that don’t comply.


Source(s):

cornucopia.org

whitehouse.gov

washingtonpost.com

march-against-monsanto.com

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